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 Ithu’riel.Itin’erary (An). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ithu’riel’s Spear.
 
The spear of the the angel Ithuriel, the slightest touch of which exposed deceit. Hence, when Satan squatted like a toad “close to the ear of Eve,” Ithuriel only touched the creature with his spear, and it resumed the form of Satan.   1
       
“Him [i.e. Satan], thus intent Ithuriel with his spear
Touched lightly; for no falsehood can endure
Touch of celestial temper, but returns
Of force to its own likeness.”
       
Milton: Paradise Lost, iv 810–813.
 


 Ithu’riel.Itin’erary (An). 

 
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