St. Louis





Louis IX., after his captivity among the Saracens, was, with
his queen and children, nearly shipwrecked on his return to France, some of

the planks of the vessel having started. He was pressed to go on board

another ship, and so escape the danger, but he refused, saying, "Those that

are with me, most assuredly are as fond of their lives as I can be of mine.

If I quit the ship, they will likewise quit it; and the vessel not being

large enough to receive them, they will all perish. I had rather entrust my

life, and the lives of my wife and children, in the hands of God, than be

the occasion of making so many of my brave subjects suffer."





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