And Master Kingston, this I will sayhad I but served God as diligently as I have served the king, he would not have given me over in my grey hairs. Pierre de Bourdeille (Brantome), quoting Thomas Cromwell to his keeper.
When I have attempted to join myself to others by services, it proved an intellectual trick,no more. They eat your service like apples, and leave you out. But love them, and they feel you, and delight in you all the time. EmersonEssays. Of Gifts.
I am an ass, indeed, you may prove it by my long ears. I have served him from the hour of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at his hands for my service but blows. When I am cold, he heats me with beating. Comedy of Errors. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 29.
Small service is true service while it lasts: Of humblest friends, bright Creature! scorn not one; The Daisy, by the shadow that it casts, Protects the lingering dew drop from the Sun. WordsworthTo a Child: Written in Her Album.