Thring, Godfrey, B.A., son of the Rev. J. G. D. Thring, of Alford, Somerset, was born at Alford, March 25, 1823, and educated at Shrewsbury School, and at Balliol College, Oxford, B.A. in 1845. On taking Holy Orders he was curate of Stratfield-Turgis, 1846-50; of Strathfieldsaye, 1850-53; and of other parishes to 1858, when he became rector of Alford-with-Hornblotton, Somerset. R.D. 1867-76. In 1876 he was preferred as prebend of East Harptree in Wells cathedral. Prebendary Thring's poetical works are:— Hymns Congregational and Others, 1866; Hymns and Verses, 1866; and Hymns and Sacred Lyrics, 1874. In 1880 he published A Church of England Hymnbook Adapted to the Daily Services of the Church throughout the Year; and in 1882, a revised and… Go to person page >
Hail, sacred day of earthly rest. G. Thring. [Sunday.] Written in 1863, and first published in his Hymns Congregational and Others, 1866, p. 82, in 13 stanzas of 4 lines In the Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, 1869, No. 314, it was given in 9 stanzas with stanza i., line 3 changed from "Hail, quiet spirit bringing peace," to "Hail, day of light, that bringest light," by Bishop W. W. How. This text was repeated in Thring's Collection, 1882, No. 65, and is the authorised form of the hymn. In Laudes Domini, N. Y., 1884, No. 92, stanzas i.-iii. and xiii. are altered from the original 8, 6, 8, 4 to 8, 8, 8, 4 measure, very much to the injury of the hymn. Full authorised text in the author's Hymns & Sacred Lyrics, 1874, p. 21.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Hail! Sacred Day of Earthly RestFirst Line: Hail! sacred day of earthly restTune Title: WREFORDAuthor: Godfrey ThringMeter: 86.84Source: First appeared in his Hymns Congregational and Others, 1866