E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dead men may rise again, like Bayess troops, or the savages in the Fantocini (Something New). In the Rehearsal, by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, a battle is fought between foot-soldiers and great hobby-horses. At last Drawcansir kills all on both sides. Smith then asks how they are to go off, to which Bayes replies, As they came onupon their legs; upon which they all jump up alive again.