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Straight through my heart this face today,
By Truth's own hand is driven:
God never takes one thing away,
But something else is given.


I did not know in earlier years,
This law of love and kindness;
I only mourned through bitter tears
My loss, in sorrow's blindness.


But, ever following each regret
O'er some departed treasure,
My sad repining heart was met
With unexpected pleasure.


I thought it only happened so;
But Time this truth has taught me--
No least thing from my life can go,
But something else is brought me.


It is the Law, complete, sublime;
And now with Faith unshaken,
In patience I but bide my time,
When any joy is taken.


No matter if the crushing blow
May for the moment down me,
Still, back of it waits Love, I know,
With some new gift to crown me.