E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Moslems fancy that it is necessary, when a man is bow-strung, to relax the rope a little before death occurs to let the soul escape. The Greeks and Romans seemed to think that the soul made its escape with life out of the death-wound.
Soul. The Moslems say that the souls of the faithful assume the forms of snowwhite birds, and nestle under the throne of Allah until the resurrection.
Soul. Heraclitus held the soul to be a spark of the soul to be a spark of the stellar essence: scintilla stellaris essentiæ. (Macrobius: Somnium Scipioris, lib. i. cap. 14.)
Vital spark of heavenly flame,
Quit, oh! quit this mortal frame.
Pope: The Dying Christian to his Soul.
Soul, in Egyptian hieroglyphics, is represented by several emblems, as a basket of fire, a heron, a hawk with a human face, and a ram.