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: 1681Absalom and Achitophel, pt.1, l.205-7.
Not worthy to carry the buckler unto him.Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici (1642), Part I, Section 21.
Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul , and never forget to have a penny, when all thy expenses are enumerated and paid: then shalt thou reach the point of happiness, and independence shall be thy shield and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk upright nor stoop to the silken wretch because he hath riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers it wears a ring set with diamonds.Benjamin Franklin, The Art of Making Money Plenty, in Every Man's Pocket
Nature gave horns to the bull, Hoofs gave she to the horse. To the lion cavernous jaws, And swiftness to the hare. The fish taught she to swim, The bird to cleave the air; To man she reason gave; Not yet was woman dowered. What, then, to woman gave she? The priceless gift of beauty. Stronger than any buckler, Than any spear more piercing. Who hath the gift of beauty. Nor fire nor steel shall harm her.Odes, XXIV. (Quotes)
And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life, which valour could not, from the grave. A better buckler I can soon regain; But who can get another life again?Archilochus, Fragment VI. Quoted by Plutarch, Customs of the Lacedæmonians.