Evanus: A Tale of the Days of Constantine the Great

Mowbray, 1885 - 313 sider
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Side 73 - Let others better mould the running mass Of metals, and inform the breathing brass, And soften into flesh a marble face; Plead better at the bar; describe the skies, And when the stars descend, and when they rise: But, Rome! 'tis thine alone, with awful sway, « To rule mankind, and make the world obey, Disposing peace and war thy own majestic way; To tame the proud, the fetter'd slave to free: These are imperial arts, and worthy thee.
Side 193 - Waft, waft, ye winds, His story, And you, ye waters, roll, Till, like a sea of glory, It spreads from pole to pole ; Till o'er our ransomed nature The Lamb for sinners slain, Redeemer, King, Creator, In bliss returns to reign.
Side 11 - Before these fields were shorn and tilled, Full to the brim our rivers flowed ; The melody of waters filled The fresh and boundless wood ; And torrents dashed and rivulets played, And fountains spouted in the shade.
Side 73 - Excudent alii spirantia mollius aera, credo equidem, vivos ducent de marmore vultus, orabunt causas melius, caelique meatus describent radio et surgentia sidera dicent: 850 tu regere imperio populos, Romane, memento; hae tibi erunt artes; pacisque imponere morem, parcere subiectis et debellare superbos.
Side 6 - Then followed in rapid succession, the decree for the observance of Sunday in the towns of the Empire, the use of prayers for the army, the abolition of the punishment of crucifixion, the encouragement of the emancipation of slaves, the discouragement of infanticide, the prohibition of licentious and cruel rites, the prohibition of gladiatorial games. Every one of these steps was a gain to the Roman empire and to mankind, such as not even the Antonines had ventured to attempt, and of those benefits...
Side 231 - Thus your hearts to rend ; Death is life's beginning Rather than its end. What though now to darkness We this body give ; Soon shall all its senses Re-awake, and live ; Soon shall warmth revisit These poor bones again ; And the blood...
Side 6 - In the year 313 was issued the Edict of Toleration. Then followed, in rapid succession, the decree for the observance of Sunday in the towns of the Empire, the use of prayers for the army...
Side 230 - Through each tingling vein; And from its corruption This same body soar, With the selfsame spirit That was here of yore. E'en as...
Side 3 - Seize it with no faltering hold ! Spread its foldings high and fair, Let all see the Cross is there ! What, if to the trumpet's sound Voices few come answering round ? Scarce a votary swell the burst, When the anthem peals at first? God hath sown and He will reap ; Growth is slow when roots are deep...

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