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Claudius Claudianus (c. 370–404): Invocation to Victory

By Roman Poets of the Later Empire

From the ‘Consulate of Stilicho’: Translation of Harriet Waters Preston

WHAT shouts of our nobles, in jubilant chorus

Went up to the hero, while over his head,

Inviolate Victory, bodied before us

Wide, wide in the ether, her pinions outspread!

O guardian Goddess of Rome in her splendor!

O radiant Palm-bearer in trophies arrayed,

Who only the spirit undaunted canst render,

Who healest the wounds that our foemen had made!

I know not thy rank in the heavenly legion,—

If thou shinest a star in the Dictæan crown,

Or art girt by the fires of the Leonine region,

Or bearest Ione’s sceptre, or winnest renown

From the shield of Minerva, or soothest in slumber

The War-god, aweary when battles are o’er;

But come, all the prayers of thy chosen to number,

Oh, welcome to Latium! Leave us no more!