1 Great Creator! who this day
From thy perfect work didst rest,
By the souls that own thy sway
Hallowed be its hours and blest;
Cares of earth aside be thrown,
This day given to heaven alone.
2 Saviour! who this day didst break
The dark prison of the tomb,
Bid my slumbering soul awake,
Shine through all its sin and gloom;
Let me, from my bonds set free,
Rise from sin, and live to thee.
3 Blessed Spirit! Comforter!
Sent this day from Christ on high,
Lord, on me thy gifts confer,
Cleanse, illumine, sanctify;
All thine influence shed abroad;
Lead me to the truth of God.
Source: Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient & modern (Abr. ed.) #177
Great Creator, Who this day. Julia Anne Elliott. [Sunday.] Contributed to her husband's Psalms & Hymns, 1835, in 3 stanzas of 6 lines. In the 1st edition it was given without signature, but in later editions her initials "I. A. E." were added. It is in common use in Great Britain and America. In Kennedy, 1863, the original is given with one slight change as No. 898; and also in a much altered form beginning, "Father, Who the light this day," as No. 1457.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)