E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Home (1 syl.).
Our long home, the grave.
Who goes home? When the House of Commons breaks up at night the door-keeper asks this question of the members. In bygone days all members going in the direction of the Speakers residence went in a body to see him safe home. The question is still asked, but is a mere relic of antiquity.