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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
In Milton’s Paradise Lost, Azazil is the standard-bearer of the infernal host. According to the Koran, when God commanded the angels to worship Adam, Azazil replied, “Why should the son of fire fall down before a son of clay?” and God cast him out of heaven. His name was then changed to Eblis, which means “despair.”   1
“Then straight commands that at the warlike sound
Of trumpets loud, and clarions, be upreared
His mighty standard; that proud honour claimed
Azazil, as his right, a cherub tall.”
Milton: Paradise Lost, book i. 531–4.



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