in the satire of Absalom and Achitophel, by Dryden and Tate, is meant for the Rev. Samuel Johnson, who suffered much persecution for his defence of the right of private judgment.
A Jew [Englishman ] of humble parentage was he; By trade a Levite [clergyman], though of low degree.
Part ii. 354, 355.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894