Take thee to thy blacksmith. Browse his shop. He will gift you armor, woven stiff in threads of gold or golden straw. You shall not know the difference.
Take of him thy armor. Give him thanks.
Bare thy gift into thine greatest battle. Let thy armor take the blows of arrow and sword.
Let the gold protect you. Bleed into the straw.
Or, if thou art coward, do not wear thy armor. Shear thy armor in thy home. Bury it in shallow grave.
Bleed uncovered, having never known its strength.