“To give a thing and take again
Is counted meanness among men;
Still less to take what once was given
Can be the royal way of heaven!
But human hearts are crumbly stuff,
And never, never love enough;
And so God takes and, with a smile
Puts our best things away awhile.
Some therefore weep, some rave, some scorn;
Some wish they never had been born;
Some humble grow at last and still,
And then God gives them what they will.”
–George MacDonald, The Giver
(Poetical Works, Vol 2, pg 128)