Lord, it seems you have taken away
all the blessings that I once had from you.
In your grace, please give me now
that one gift which every dog
seems to have by nature—
that of being faithful to you in my distress,
faithful even when all comfort is gone.
This I desire more passionately
than anything else there is.
– Mechthild of Magdeburg, 13th Century A.D. 1207-1294AD