A Sound Heart
( Originally Published 1902 )
IN the royal gallery at Versailles hangs an equestrian portrait of one of the early marshals of France. He is represented with one wooden leg in the stirrup ; one coat-sleeve is empty, and one eye is covered by a patch to conceal its loss. Over the painting is an inscription containing his name, and these memorable words :
" He scattered everywhere his limbs and his glory. His blood was in a hundred places the price of his victory, and the warfare in which he was engaged left nothing sound about him but his heart."
In the great battle of life, no matter how much a man may be cut or shot to pieces by the weapons of misfortune, he will be a royal hero if he will only keep his heart sound.