Agag

A′gag

in Dryden's satire of Absalom and Achitophel, is meant for Sir Edmondbury Godfrey, the magistrate before whom Titus Oates made his declaration, and was afterwards found barbarously murdered in a ditch near Primrose Hill.

Agag was hewed to pieces by Samuel (1 Samuel xv.).

And Corah (Titus Oates) might for Agag's murder call
In terms as coarse as Samuel used to Saul.

—Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel 1.675–6.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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