King of dulness. Colley Cibber, poet laureate after Eusden.
`God save king Cibber!' mounts in every note . . . So when Jove's block descended from on high . . . Loud thunder to the bottom shook the bog, And the hoarse nation croaked, `God save king Log!'
Pope: Dunciad, book i.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894