Definition of Cherubim:
At the Palazzo Vecchio we saw Verrocchio's boy with the dolphin- that happy bronze lyric- and outside Or San Michele his Christ and S. Thomas, in Donatello and Michelozzo's niche, with the flying cherubim beneath.- "A Wanderer in Florence", E. V. Lucas.
Ay: I know they have fled Silent all day along the wilderness: I know they wear, for burden on their backs, The thought of a shut gate of Paradise, And faces of the marshalled cherubim Shining against, not for them; and I know They dare not look in one another's face,- As if each were a cherub!- "The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Vol. I", Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
To answer that awful problem of the soul the released spirit went on its fearsome journey, back through star systems; back, back beyond all stars, back to the blackness of nothing- that awful nothing, whose outside ring vibrated with fearful flames; the fiery cherubim, winged, taking all possible shapes, and unformed living shapes.- "The-Light-of-Egypt-or-the-science-of-the-soul-and-the-stars-Volume-2", Burgoyne, Thomas H..