Scripture Verse

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


Charles H. Gabriel (1856–1932)

Words: Tho­mas Cot­ter­ill, 1810.

Music: Sar­ah (Ga­bri­el) Charles H. Ga­bri­el, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Cot­ter­ill (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Eternal Spir­it, God of truth,
Our con­trite hearts in­spire;
Kindle a flame of hea­ven­ly love,
And feed the pure de­sire.

’Tis Thine to soothe the sor­row­ing mind,
With guilt and fear op­pressed;
’Tis Thine to bid the dy­ing live,
And give the wea­ry rest.

Subdue the pow­er of ev­ery sin,
Whate’er that sin may be,
That we, in sin­gle­ness of heart,
May wor­ship on­ly Thee.

Then with our spir­it wit­ness bear
That we are sons of God,
Redeemed from sin and death and hell
Through Christ’s aton­ing blood.