(Isle of), called by the ancient Britons main-au
(little island), Latinised into Menav -ia. Caesar calls it Mona
(i.e. Mon-ah), the Scotch pronunciation of Manau. Mona
and Pliny's Monabia are varieties of
Emblematic of St. Matthew, because he begins his gospel by
tracing the manhood of Jesus back to David. Mark is symbolised by a lion, because he begins his gospel with John the Baptist and Jesus
in the wilderness. Luke is symbolised by a calf, because he
begins his gospel with the Temple sacrifices.And John as a eagle, because he looks right into heaven and begins his gospel with Jesus the
divine logos. The four are indicated in Ezekiel's cherub (i.
Average weight 150 lbs.; height, 69 inches; strength, 420 lbs.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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