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Encyclopedia > Hymn to Proserpine

Hymn to Proserpine is a poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne, published in 1866.

The poem opens with the words Vicisti, Galilće, Latin for "You have conquered, O Galilean," the apocryphal dying words of the Emperor Julian, who had tried to reverse the official endorsement of Christianity by the Roman Empire. The poem is cast in the form of a lament by a person professing the paganism of classical antiquity, and expresses regret at the rise of Christianity:

Thou hast conquered, O pale Galilean; the world has grown grey from thy breath;
We have drunken of things Lethean, and fed on the fullness of death.

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  • Full text (http://www.library.utoronto.ca/utel/rp/poems/swinburn5.html)

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PROSERPINE (Proserpina), the Latin form of Persephone,' a Greek goddess, daughter of Zeus and the earth-goddess Demeter.
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