Scripture Verse

And He rested on the seventh day. Genesis 2:2


Words: God­frey Thring, 1863. First pub­lished in his Hymns Con­gre­ga­tion­al and Oth­ers, 1866.

Music: Wre­ford Ed­mund S. Car­ter, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Thring or Car­ter (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Hail! sacred day of earthly rest,
From toil and trouble free:
Hail! day of light, that bringest light
And joy to me.

A holy stillness, breathing calm
On all the world around,
Uplifts my soul, O God, to Thee,
Where rest is found.

On all I think, or say, or do,
A ray of light divine
Is shed, O God, this day by Thee,
For it is Thine.

No sound of jarring strife is heard,
As weekly labors cease;
No voice, but those that sweetly sing
Sweet songs of peace.

For those who sing with saints below
Glad songs of heavenly love,
Shall sing—when songs on earth have ceased—
With saints above.

Accept, O God, my hymn of praise,
That Thou, this day, hast given
Sweet foretaste of that endless day
Of rest in Heaven.