George MacDonald's dedication to his father, in his first volume of Poems (1857):
Thou hast been faithful to my highest need:
And I, thy debtor, ever, evermore,
Shall never feel the grateful burden sore,
Yet most I thank thee, not for any deed,
But for the sense thy living self did breed
That fatherhood is at the world's great core.
quoted in George MacDonald and His Wife, by Greville MacDonald, pg 31