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).

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.