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The rebel angels fly in ranks.
      - Henri Petit

Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 126)

If you woo the company of the angels in your waking hours, they will be sure to come to you in your sleep.
      - George Denison Prentice

Man hath two attendant angels,
  Ever waiting by his side,
    With him wheresoe'er he wanders,
      Wheresoe'er his feet abide;
        One to warn him when he darkleth,
          And rebuke him if he stray;
            One to leave him to his nature
              And so let him go his way.
      - Jean Charles Prince

The guardian angel of life sometimes flies so high that man cannot see it; but he always is looking down upon us, and will soon hover nearer to us.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

A guardian angel o'er his life presiding,
  Doubling his pleasures, and his cares dividing.
      - Samuel Rogers, Human Life (l. 353)

All angel now, and little less than all,
  While still a pilgrim in this world of ours.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lord of the Isles

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
      - William Shakespeare

Angels and ministers of grace defend us!
      - William Shakespeare

Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.
      - William Shakespeare

Good night, sweet prince,
  And flights of angels sing them to thy rest!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Horatio at V, ii)

That which you are, my thoughts cannot transpose:
  Angels are bright still though the brightest fell;
    Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,
      Yet grace must still look so.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Malcolm at IV, iii)

In heaven an angel is nobody in particular.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Man and Superman--Maxims for Revolutionists

White wing'd angels meet the child
  On the vestibule of life.
      - Elizabeth Oakes Smith (nee Prince)

Compare a Solomon, an Aristotle, or an Archimedes, to a child that newly begins to speak, and they do not more transcend such a one than the angelical understanding exceeds theirs, even in its most sublime improvements and acquisitions.
      - Bishop Robert South

How oft do their silver bowers leave,
  To come to succour us that succour want!
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. II, canto VIII, st. 2)

The accusing spirit, which flew up to heaven's chancery with the oath, blushed as he gave it in; and the recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever.
      - Laurence Sterne

Around our pillows golden ladders rise,
  And up and down the skies,
    With winged sandals shod,
      The angels come, and go, the Messengers of God!
        Nor, though they fade from us, do they depart--
          It is the childly heart
            We walk as heretofore,
              Adown their shining ranks, but see them nevermore.
      - Richard Henry Stoddard,
        Hymn to the Beautiful (st. 3)

Sweet souls around us watch us still,
  Press nearer to our side;
    Into our thoughts, into our prayers,
      With gentle helpings glide.
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe,
        The Other World

I have no angels left
  Now, Sweet, to pray to:
    Where you have made your shrine
      They are away to.
        They have struck Heaven's tent,
          And gone to cover you:
            Whereso you keep your state
              Heaven is pitched over you.
      - Francis Thompson, A Carrier Song (st. 4)

Angels boast ethereal vigor, and are formed from seeds of heavenly birth.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

For all we know
  Of what the Blessed do above
    Is, that they sing, and that they love.
      - Edmund Waller, While I Listen to Thy Voice
         (st. 2), a song, quoted by Wordsworth

What know we of the Blest above
  But that they sing, and that they love?
      - William Wordsworth,
        Scene on the Lake of Brienz,
        quoted from Waller

An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave; legions of angels can't confine me there.
      - Edward Young

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