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 Ange de Grève (French),Angel-beast. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Angel.
 
Half a sovereign in gold; so called because, at one time, it bore the figure of the archangel Michael slaying the dragon.   1
   When the Rev. Mr. Patten, vicar of Whitstable, was dying, the Archbishop of Canterbury sent him £10. The wit said, “Tell his Grace that now I am sure he is a man of God, for I have seen his angels.”   2
   Angel (a public-house sign), in compliment to Richard II., who placed an angel above his shield, holding it up in his hands.   3
   To write like an angel (French). The angel referred to was Angelo Vergece [Vergezio], a Cretan of the sixteenth century. He was employed both by Henri II. and by François I., and was noted for his caligraphy. (Didot: Nouvelle Biographie Universelle [1852–66]).   4
   Angel of the Schools. St. Thomas Aqunas. (See ANGELIC DOCTOR.)   5
   Angels, say the Arabs, were created from pure, bright gems; the genii, of fire; and man, of clay.   6
   Angels, according to Dionysius the Areop’agite, were divided into nine orders:—   7
       
(i) Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones, in the first circle.
(ii) Dominions, Virtues, and Powers, in the second circle.
(iii) Principalities, Archangels, and Angels, in the third circle.
       
St. Gregory the Great: Homily 34.
       
“In heaven above,
       
The effulgent bands in triple circles move.”
       
Tasso: Jerusalem Delivered, xi. 13.
   Angels. The seven holy angels are—Abdiel, Gabriel, Michael, Raguel, Raphael, Simiel, and Uriel. Michael and Gabriel are mentioned in the Bible, Raphael in the Apocrypha.   8
   Milton (Paradise Lost, book i., from 392) gives a list of the fallen angels.   9
 


 Ange de Grève (French),Angel-beast. 

 
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