E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Benaiah (3 syl.),
in the satire of Absalom and Achitophel, by Dryden and Tate, is meant for George Edward Sackville, called General Sackville, a gentleman of family, and a zealous partisan of the Duke of York. Benaiah was captain in Davids army, and was made by Solomon generalissimo. (1 Kings ii. 35.)
Nor can Benaiahs worth forgotten lie,
Of steady soul when public storms were high;
Whose conduct, while the Moors flerce onsets made,