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Nadab

in Dryden's satire of Absalom and Achitophel, is meant for Lord Howard, of Esrick or Escriek, a profligate who laid claim to great piety. Nadab offered incense with strange fire, and was slain by the Lord (Lev. x. 2); and Lord Howard, while imprisoned in the Tower, is said to have mixed the consecrated wafer with a compound of roasted apples and sugar, called lamb's-wool.

And canting Nadab let oblivion damn,
Who made new porridge of the paschal lamb.

Absalom and Achitophel, part i. 538-9.

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