The Sermon on Malt was by John Dod, rector of Fawsley, Northants, called the decalogist, from his famous exposition of the Ten Commandments. A Puritan divine. (1547-1645.)
This was not Dr. William Dodd, who was executed for forgery (1729-1777).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894