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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

3816 John Gay 1685-1732 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:John Gay (1685–1732)
QUOTATION:So comes a reckoning when the banquet ’s o’er,—
The dreadful reckoning, and men smile no more. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The What d’ ye call it. Act ii. Sc. 9.
Note 1.
The time of paying a shot in a tavern among good fellows, or Pantagruelists, is still called in France a “quart d’heure de Rabelais,”—that is, Rabelais’s quarter of an hour, when a man is uneasy or melancholy.—Life of Rabelais (Bohn’s edition), p. 13. [back]