E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
If no one else were alive, John would quarrel with Lilburne. John Lilburne was a contentious Leveller in the Commonwealth; so rancorous against rank that he could never satisfy himself that any two persons were exactly on the same level. (See LAWSUITS.)
Is John departed? and is Lilburne gone?
Farewell to bothto Lilburne and to John.
Yet, being gone, take this advice from me:
Let them not both in one grave buried be.
Here lay ye John, lay Lilburne thereabout;
For if they both should meet, they would fall out.