In his history, Eusebius praised the two rulers of Rome. Government
was preserved firm and undisputed for Constantine and Licinius, to whom it fittingly belonged, both
advocates of peace and piety. Happy days under
two God-beloved emperors, honored alike for their intelligence and their piety.
But then Licinius fell. This so fitting government ended. What happened?
Luckily for us, Eusebius updated his history. Licinius
been seized by … madness,
abandoned the imitation of good deeds. Now a
hater of God, he was
forming daily all kinds of plots, even
persecuted the Christians and, finally, fatally,
undertook an open war.
God was the friend, protector, and guardian of Constantine and so that
most divinely favored emperor escaped the multitudinous plots of the abominable man and
together with his son Crispus, a most God-beloved prince … recovered the East which belonged to them.
Oh Crispus, oh Crispus, how long would God love you?