Azaria and Hushai
Note by A Milnes to As A Writer a chapter of The Life Of Dryden

Was by S. Pordage, who replied to Dryden ' with a temperance rare in the controversies of the time .' (Morley, First Sketch , p. 717.) 'Absalom Senior,' or 'Absalom and Achitophel Transprosed,' was by Settle. Settle wrote—

'In gloomy times when priestcraft bore the sway
And made heaven's gate a lock to their own key';

meaning, of course, making for the gate a new lock to fit the key they had; so Dryden intentionally misunderstanding him —

'Instinct he follows, and no further knows,
For to write verse with him is to transprose.
'Twere pity treason at his door to lay
Who makes heaven's gate a lock to its own key.' (Absalom and Achitophel, pt. ii, 1. 444.)

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