Philip was so kind and just that he soon won the love of all his subjects. It is said that he listened to the complaints of the poor and humble with as much patience as to those of his noblest courtiers. Once, after dining heavily and drinking too much, Philip was suddenly called upon to try the case of a poor widow. As the king’s head was not very clear, he was not able to judge as well as usual: so he soon said that she was in the wrong, and should be punished.
The woman, who knew that she was right, was very angry; and, as the guards were dragging her away, she daringly cried, “I appeal!”
“Appeal?” asked Philip, in a mocking tone, “and to whom?”
“I appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober!” replied the woman.
These words made such an impression upon Philip, that he said he would try the case again on the next day, when his head was quite clear. He did not forget his promise on the morrow; and when he found that the woman was right, he punished her accuser, and set her free.