The sociable archangel who travelled with Tobias into Media and back again, instructing him on the way how to marry Sara and to drive away the wicked spirit. Milton introduces him as sent by God to advertise Adam of his danger. (See Seven Spirits.)
Raphael, the sociable spirit, hath deigned To travel with Tobias, and secured His marriage with the seven-times-wedded maid.
Paradise Lost, v. 221-3.
I am the angel of the Sun, Whose flaming wheels began to run When God Almighty's breath Said to the darkness and the night, `Let there be light,' and there was light, I bring the gift of faith.
Golden Legend: The Miracle Play. iii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894