Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the
fowler, and from the
noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee
with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou
trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be
afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that
flieth by day; Nor for the
pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction
that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall
fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it
shall not come nigh thee. Bible (Old Testament) Psalms 91:3^7.
He stood at bold defiance with his prince; Held up the buckler
of the people's cause Against the crown,
and skulked behind the laws. John Dryden Absalom and Achitophel, pt.1, l.205^7.