Pamphilius: Church History, Life of Constantine, Oration in Praise of Constantine
Chapter IX.—The Victory of Constantine, and the Blessings which under him accrued to the Subjects of the Roman Empire.
1. To him [Constantine], therefore, God granted, from heaven above, the deserved fruit of piety, the trophies of victory over the impious, and he cast the guilty one
[Licinius] with all his counselors and friends prostrate at the feet of Constantine.
2. For when Licinius carried his madness to the last extreme, the
emperor [Constantine], the friend of God, thinking that he ought no longer to be tolerated, acting upon the basis of sound judgment, and mingling the firm principles of justice with humanity, gladly determined to come to the protection of those who were oppressed by the tyrant, and undertook, by putting a few destroyers out of the way, to save the greater part of the
3. For when he had formerly exercised humanity alone and had shown mercy to him who was not worthy of sympathy, nothing was accomplished; for Licinius did not renounce his wickedness, but rather increased his fury against the peoples that were subject to him, and there was left to the afflicted no hope of salvation,
oppressed as they were by a savage beast.
4. Wherefore, the protector of the virtuous, mingling hatred for evil with love for good, went forth with his son
Crispus, a most beneficent prince1, and extended a saving right hand to all
that were perishing. Both of them, father and son, under the protection, as it were, of God, the universal King, with the Son of God, the Saviour of all, as their leader and ally, drew up their forces on all sides against the enemies of the Deity and won
an easy victory; God having prospered them in the battle in all respects according to their wish.
5. Thus, suddenly, and sooner than can be told, those who yesterday and the day before breathed death and threatening were no more, and not even their names were remembered, but their inscriptions and their honors suffered the merited disgrace. And the things which Licinius with his own eyes had seen come upon the former impious tyrants he himself likewise suffered, because he did not receive instruction nor learn wisdom from the chastisements of his neighbors, but followed the same path of impiety which they had trod, and was justly hurled over the same precipice. Thus he lay prostrate.
6. But Constantine, the mightiest victor, adorned with every virtue of
piety, together with his son Crispus, a most God-beloved prince, and in all respects like his
father, recovered the East which belonged to them; and they formed
one united Roman empire as of old, bringing under their peaceful sway the whole world from the rising of the sun to the opposite quarter, both north and
south, even to the extremities of the declining day.
7. All fear therefore of those who had formerly afflicted them was taken away from men, and they celebrated splendid and festive days. Everything was filled with light, and those who before were downcast beheld each other with smiling faces and beaming eyes. With dances and hymns, in city and country,
they glorified first of all God the universal King, because they had been thus taught, and then the pious emperor with his God-beloved children.
8. There was oblivion of past evils and forgetfulness of every deed of impiety; there was enjoyment of present benefits and expectation of those yet to come. Edicts full of clemency and laws containing tokens of benevolence and true piety were issued in every place by the victorious
9. Thus after all tyranny had been purged away, the empire which belonged to them was
preserved firm and without a rival for Constantine and his sons
alone. And having obliterated the godlessness of their
predecessors, recognizing the benefits conferred upon them by God, they exhibited their love of virtue and their love of God, and their piety and gratitude to the Deity, by the deeds which they performed in the sight of all men.
The end, with God’s help, of the Tenth Book of the Church History of Eusebius
12:1 And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman arrayed with
the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a
crown of twelve stars; 2 and she was with child; and she
crieth out, travailing in birth, and in pain to be delivered.
3 And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold, a
great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon
his heads seven diadems. 4 And his tail draweth the third part
of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and
the dragon standeth before the woman that is about to be
delivered, that when she is delivered he may devour her child.
5 And she was delivered of a son, a man child, who is to rule
all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught
up unto God, and unto his throne. 6 And the woman fled into
the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that
there they may nourish her a thousand two hundred and
threescore days. 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and
his angels going forth to war with the dragon; and the
dragon warred and his angels; 8 And they prevailed not,
neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the
great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called
the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was
cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with
him. 10 And I heard a great voice in heaven, saying, Now is
come the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ: for the accuser of our
brethren is cast down, who accuseth them before our God day
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