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 Shire HorsesShittim Wood. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
(See NESSUS.)   1
   Shirt for ensign. When Sultan Saladin died, he commanded that no ceremony should be used but this: A priest was to carry his shirt on a lance, and say: “Saladin, the conqueror of the East, carries nothing with him of all his wealth and greatness, save a shirt for his shroud and ensign.” (Knolles: Turkish History.)   2
   Close sits my shirt, but closer my skini.e. My property is dear to me, but dearer my life; my belongings sit close to my heart, but “Ego proximus mihi.   3

 Shire HorsesShittim Wood. 


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