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[ Also see Constancy Devotion Dogs Faith Friendship Honesty Honor Infidelity Loyalty Principles Sincerity Treachery Truth ]

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
  Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,
    Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms,
      Like fairy-gifts fading away!
        Thou would'st still be ador'd, as this moment thou art,
          Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
            And, around the dear ruin, each wish of my heart
              Would entwine itself verdantly still!
      - Thomas Moore

Come, rest in this bosom, my own stricken deer!
  Tho' the herd hath fled from thee, thy home is still here;
    Here is still the smile that no cloud can o'ercast,
      And the heart and the hand all thy own to the Last!
      - Thomas Moore

No grace is more necessary to the Christian worker than fidelity; the humble grace that marches on in sunshine and storm, when no banners are waving, and there is no music to cheer the weary feet.
      - S.J. Nicholls

With strength to meet sorrow, and faith to endure.
      - Frances Sargent Osgood

Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
  Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (pt. II, l. 336)

Pleas'd to the last he crops the flowery food,
  And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 83)

She is as constant as the stars
  That never vary, and more chaste than they.
      - Edna Dean Proctor

Let it be ours to be self-reliant amidst hosts of the vacillating--real in a generation of triflers--true amongst a multitude of shams; when tempted to swerve from principle, sturdy as an oak in its maintenance; when solicited by the enticement of sinners, firm as a rock in our denial.
      - William Morley Punshon

Ever keep thy promise, cast what it may; this it is to be "true as steel."
      - Charles Reade

It goes a great way towards making a man faithful to let him understand that you think him so, and he that does but so much as suspect that I will deceive him gives me a sort of right to cozen him.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Fidelity bought with money is overcome by money.
  [Lat., Pretio parata vincitur pretio fides.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Agamemnon

Prosperity asks for fidelity; adversity exacts it.
  [Lat., Poscunt fidem secunda, at adversa exigunt.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Agamemnon

Chain me with roaring bears;
  Or shut me nightly in a charnel-house,
    O'er-covered quite with dead men's rattling bones,
      With reeky shanks and yellow chapless skulls;
        Or bid me go into a new-made grave,
          And hide me with a dead man in his shroud;
            Things that, to hear them told, have made me tremble;
              And I will do it without Fear or Doubt,
                To live an unstain'd Wife of my sweet Love.
      - William Shakespeare

His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles;
  His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate;
    His tears, pure messengers sent from his heart;
      His heart as far from fraud as heaven from earth.
      - William Shakespeare

I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest,
  Lay down my soul at stake: if you think other,
    Remove your thought; it doth abuse your bosom.
      If any wretch hath put this in your head,
        Let heaven requite it with the serpent's curse!
          For, if she be not honest, chaste, and true,
            There's no man happy: the purest of their wives
              Is foul as slander.
      - William Shakespeare

You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant!
  But yet you draw not iron, for my heart
    Is true as steel.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Helena at II, i)

O, where is loyalty?
  If it be banished from the frosty head,
    Where shall it find a harbor in the earth?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (King Henry at V, i)

Give us a man, young or old, high or low, on whom we know we can thoroughly depend, who will stand firm when others fail; the friend faithful and true, the adviser honest and fearless, the adversary just and chivalrous,--in such a one there is a fragment of the Rock of Ages.
      - Dean Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

To be true to each other, let 'appen what maay
  Till the end o' the daay
    An the last load hoam.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Promise of May
         (act II), a song

To God, thy countrie, and thy friend be true.
      - Bill Vaughan, Rules and Lessons (st. 8)

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