'There is in this world a continual interchange of pleasing and afflicting accidents, still keeping their succession of times, and overtaking each other in their several courses.
No picture can be all drawn of the brightest colors, nor a harmony consorted only of trebles; shadows are needful in expressing of proportions, and the bass is a principal part in perfect music: the condition of our exile here allows no unmingled joy.
Our whole life is tempered between sweet and sour, and we must all look for a mixture of both.'
St. Robert Southwell, Letter, 1591
"We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him.." (Romans 8:28)
Painting: Martin Johnson Heade, Jungle Orchids and Hummingbirds, 1872