The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.@Romans 8:16

Fred­er­ick L. Hos­mer, 1891. Writ­ten for the de­di­ca­tion of the First Un­i­tar­i­an Church, Oma­ha, Ne­bras­ka, Feb­ru­a­ry 6, 1891.

Caith­ness Scot­tish Psal­ter, 1635 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Frederick L. Hosmer
(1840–1929)

O Thou whose Spirit witness bears
Within our spirits free,
That we Thy children are and heirs
Of Thine eternity.

Here may this simple faith sublime
O’er-arch us like the sky;
Secure below the drift of time
Its firm foundations lie.

Our thought o’erflows each written scroll
Our creeds arise and fall;
The life of God within the soul
Lives and outlasts them all.