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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Visits
 
Like those of angels, short and far between.
        Blair.—The Grave.
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Like angel-visits, few and far between.
        Campbell.—Pleasures of Hope, Part II.
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Like angels’ visits, short and bright.
        John Norris.—Born 1657, died 1711; Author of Poems, Essays, Letters, and Discourses, &c.; and the thought appears again in his Elegy on his Niece, where we read—
Angels, as ’tis but seldom they appear,
So neither do they make long stay;
They do but visit, and away.
  See “The Christian Poet,” 1828, by James Montgomery.
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So few and rare between.
        Hesiod.—On Works, Div. II. Line 398. (Valpy’s Ed. translated by Elton.)
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