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Angels

say the Arabs, were created from pure, bright gems; the gems, of fire; and man, of clay.

Angels,
according to Dionysius the Areopagite, were divided into nine orders:—

Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones, in the first circle.

1.

Dominions, Virtues, and Powers, in the second circle.

2.

Principalities, Archangels, and Angels, in the third circle.

3.

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. Milton (Paradise Lost, book i., from 392) gives a list of the fallen angels.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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