in Dryden's satire of Absalom and Achitophel, means
Holland; Egypt means France.
I mourn, my countrymen, your lost estate ...
Now all your liberties a spoil are made.
Egypt and Tyrus intercept your trade.
Part i. 700-707.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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