say the Arabs, were created from pure, bright gems; the gems, of fire; and man, of clay.
Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones, in the first circle.
Dominions, Virtues, and Powers, in the second circle.
Principalities, Archangels, and Angels, in the third circle.
In heaven above, The effulgent bands in triple circles move.
Tasso: Jerusalem Delivered, xi. 13.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894