Perhaps originally as a quotation from Shakespeare's Coriolanus (1608):
"Cut me to pieces, Volsces; men and lads,
Stain all your edges on me. Boy! false hound!
If you have writ your annals true, 'tis there,
That, like an eagle in a dove-cote, I
Flutter'd your Volscians in Corioli:
Alone I did it. Boy!"
From: Greyslaer: A Romance of the Mohawk,
Charles Fenno Hoffman, 1840