In his dreams flashes of lightning proceeded from both her eyes, and she held a flaming sword
in either hand.
Sure 'twas a sage inspired that spake this word; Ifevilgoodappear Toany, Fateisnear; And brief the respite from her flaming sword
People do not go out from it by the door, but by the window; one doesn't descend here by the marble steps of a peristyle, but by the branches of a lime-tree; and the angel with a flaming sword
who guards this elysium seems to have changed his celestial name of Gabriel into that of the more terrestrial one of the Prince de Marsillac."
He spake: and to confirm his words, out-flew Millions of flaming swords
, drawn from the thighs Of mighty Cherubim; the sudden blaze Far round illumin'd hell: highly they rag'd Against the Highest, and fierce with grasped arm's Clash'd on their sounding shields the din of war, Hurling defiance toward the vault of Heav'n.
I had scarcely got to the angels with the flaming swords
and announced that that was all, when she burst out, "Now I'll tell about it.
'The President shall continue to brandish the flaming sword
of his office and strike it at the heart of this social and political monstrous dragon,' he added.
Aziraphale admits he gave Adam a flaming sword
to help him out, then panics that he's done the wrong thing.
'The angel with the flaming sword
on the left of the Mother of God recalls similar images in the book of Revelation.
Clegane aka the Hound, comes to her rescue, with Beric Dondarrion and his flaming sword
. This despite the fact that Clegane, who is already scared brainless of fire, also loses his courage in the face of death just swarming over everything.
But you don't want to get caught up in the details when you're holding a flaming sword
In the first poem, we see Caleb tossing a stick, which he imagines as a flaming sword
, in his front yard, while "Inside the house / his dad is screaming at his mom." The intervening poems detail a litany of misguided choices and intensifying cruelties, until the culminating poem of the series, in which "Caleb is marching / with his new friends, their shaved heads / like tongues of fire." It is as if Dickman is leading us back to the first "Wonderland" to find where it all went wrong; when did the flaming stick become a torch?
An unbeliever cannot possibly understand that Angel Michael is able to keep watch over us all and in all our towns, cities and villages just with his flaming sword