E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Come and take Them.
The reply of Leonidas, King of Sparta, to the messengers sent by Xerxes to Thermopylæ. Xerxes said, Go, and tell those madmen to deliver up their arms. Leonidas replied, Go, and tell Xerxes to come and take them.