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[ Also see Apparitions Devil God Heaven Influence Paradise Spirit Spirits Visions ]

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
      - Bible, Hebrews (ch. XIII, v. 2)

As the moths around a taper,
  As the bees around a rose,
    As the gnats around a vapour,
      So the spirits group and close
        Round about a holy childhood, as if drinking its repose.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, A Child Asleep

Like angel visits, few and far between.
      - Thomas Campbell

But sad as angels for the good man's sin,
  Weep to record, and blush to give it in.
      - Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope
         (pt. II, l. 357)

What though my winged hours of bliss have been
  Like angel visits, few and far between.
      - Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope
         (pt. II, l. 375)

The angels may have wider spheres of action, may have nobler forms of duty; but right with them and with us is one and the same thing.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Hold the fleet angel fast until he bless thee.
      - Nathaniel Cotton, To-morrow (l. 36)

When one that holds communion with the skies
  Has fill'd his urn where these pure waters rise,
    And once more mingles with us meaner things,
      'Tis e'en as if an angel shook his wings.
      - William Cowper, Charity (l. 439)

We are ne'er like angels till our passion dies.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker), The Honest Whore
         (pt. II, act I, sc. 2)

What is the question now placed before society with the glib assurance which to me is most astonishing? That question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? I, my lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence those new fangled theories.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        in a speech at the Oxford Diocesan Conference

In merest prudence men should teach . . .
  That science ranks as monstrous things
    Two pairs of upper limbs; so wings--
      E'en Angel's wings!--are fictions.
      - Henry Austin Dobson, A Fairy Tale

Let old Timotheus yield the prize
  Or both divide the crown;
    He rais'd a mortal to the skies
      She drew an angel down.
      - John Dryden, Alexander's Feast (last st.)

We cannot let our angels go; we do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not Angles, but Angels.
  [Lat., Non Angli, sed Angeli.]
      - attributed to Gregory I, the Great (Saint Gregory),
        on seeing British captives for sale at Rome

Unbless'd thy hand!--if in this low disguise
  Wander, perhaps, some inmate of the skies.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XVII, l. 570), (Pope's translation)

O, though oft oppressed and lonely,
  All my fears are laid aside,
    If I but remember only
      Such as these have lived and died!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There are two angels that attend unseen
  Each one of us, and in great books record
    Our good and evil deeds. He who writes down
      The good ones, after every action closes
        His volume, and ascends with it to God.
          The other keeps his dreadful day-book open
            Till sunset, that we may repent; which doing,
              The record of the action fades away,
                And leaves a line of white across the page.
                  Now if my act be good, as I believe it,
                    It cannot be recalled. It is already
                      Sealed up in heaven, as a good deed accomplished.
                        The rest is yours.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

But all God's angels come to us undisguised:
  Sorrow and sickness, poverty and death,
    One after other lift their frowning masks,
      And we behold the Seraph's face beneath,
        All radiant with the glory and the calm
          Of having looked upon the front of God.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        On the Death of a Friend's Child (l. 21)

In this dim world of clouding cares,
  We rarely know, till 'wildered eyes
    See white wings lessening up the skies,
      The Angels with us unawares.
      - Gerald Massey,
        The Ballad of Babe Christabel

Angels contented with their face in heaven,
  Seek not the praise of men.
      - John Milton

How sweetly did they float upon the wings
  Of silence through the empty-vaulted night,
    At every fall smoothing the raven down
      Of darkness till it smiled!
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 249)

The helmed Cherubim,
  And sworded Seraphim,
    Are seen in glittering ranks with wings display'd.
      - John Milton, Hymn on the Nativity (l. 112)

As far as angel's ken.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 59)

For God will deign
  To visit oft the dwellings of just men
    Delighted, and with frequent intercourse
      Thither will send his winged messengers
        On errants of supernal grace.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 569)

Then too when angel voices sung
  The mercy of their God, and strung
    Their harps to hail, with welcome sweet,
      That moment watched for by all eyes.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Loves of the Angels--Third Angel's Story

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