Elene, lines 1-98

It is two hundred and thirty-three years after the birth of Jesus and the sixth year of the emperor Constantine.  A great army of Huns is approaching and threatens to overrun the Romans.  Constantine dreams that he sees a man who says the God wishes Constantine to win his battle “Look to the heavens for a sign of victory.” Constantine looks to the sky and sees the Cross in glory, bejeweled.  Written on the cross are letters that proclaim “that with this symbol you will defeat the hostile armies.”

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