Amazia

meant for Charles II, in Pordage's poem of Azaria and Hushai. We are told by the poet, “his father's murtherers he destroyed;” and then he preposterously adds—

Beloved of all for merciful was he,
Like God, in the superlative degree.

To say that such a selfish, promise-breaking, impious libertine was “like God, in the superlative degree,” is an outrage against even poetical licence and court flattery.

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