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Gesta Romanorum Vol. II (1871)/Of Christ, who restored our heavenly Inheritance

 

TALE XV.

OF CHRIST, WHO RESTORED OUR HEAVENLY INHERITANCE.

We read in the Roman annals of a certain tyrant called Maxentius, who would have deprived the Romans of their paternal estates. Yielding to the cruelty of the tyrant, they fled to Constantine, king of Britain. This injustice continuing, the emigrants stirred up the British monarch to revenge them upon the tyrant. Moved by their entreaties, Constantine mounted his horse, gained a complete victory, and restored the exiles to their inheritance[1].


APPLICATION.

My beloved, the tyrant is the devil; and Constantine represents that God, to whom the distressed should flee for succour.

 

 
  1. "I think there is the romance of Maxence, Constantine's antagonist."—Warton.