"He That Will To Bed Go Sober Falls With The Leaf Still In October"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: In Act I of The Bloody Brother, or Rollo, Duke of Normandy, the brothers Rollo and Otto, dukes of Normandy and by the will of their father co-heirs to the dukedom, confront each other. Rollo, the elder brother, has usurped the rule, and Otto is bent on asserting his rights. They vow to kill each other, but Sophia, their mother, reconciles them. In Act II, Scene i, Latorch, an officer of the government, works upon Rollo, who is finally convinced that he should murder Otto and so make his position as a ruler secure. Scene ii, in the servants' hall, begins like the comic scenes Tudor and Stuart play-wrights often sandwiched between serious scenes, with the cook's giving a catalogue of the foods he will prepare. He breaks off his list to call for a song in praise of drinking; the song is but slightly connected with the matter that goes before and after it. The song ends with the idea that a person who is so spiritless as to go to bed sober is destined to an early death. The concluding stanza is:

Then let us swill, boys, for our health;
Who drinks well, loves the commonwealth:
And he that will to bed go sober,
Falls with the leaf still in October.