E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Half a sovereign in gold; so called because, at one time, it bore the figure of the archangel Michael slaying the dragon.
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.
Angel (a public-house sign), in compliment to Richard II., who placed an angel above his shield, holding it up in his hands.
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 ).
Angel of the Schools. St. Thomas Aqunas. (See ANGELIC DOCTOR.)
Angels, say the Arabs, were created from pure, bright gems; the genii, of fire; and man, of clay.
Angels, according to Dionysius the Areopagite, were divided into nine orders:
(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 areAbdiel, Gabriel, Michael, Raguel, Raphael, Simiel, and Uriel. Michael and Gabriel are mentioned in the Bible, Raphael in the Apocrypha.
Milton (Paradise Lost, book i., from 392) gives a list of the fallen angels.