This poem opens with an epigraph, the apocryphal dying words of the Emperor Julian. He tried vetoing the Roman Empire's official endorsement of Christianity and it went... poorly. On his deathbed, he said (or probably didn't say, honestly), "Vicisti, Galilaee," which is Latin for "You have conquered, O Galilean." The entire poem is about the author being really bummed out that the pagan gods have been cast aside, presumably because they were way more fun than Jesus.
Author: Algernon Charles Swinburne •
Year: 1866 •