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)