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 Bridewell.Bridge of Jehennam. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Bridge of Gold.
According to a German tradition, Charlemagne’s spirit crosses the Rhine on a golden bridge at Bingen, in seasons of plenty, to bless the vineyards and cornfields.   1
“Thou standest, like imperial Charlemagne,
Upon thy bridge of gold.”
Longfellow: Autumn.
   Made a bridge of gold for him; i.e. enabling a man to retreat from a false position without loss of dignity.   2

 Bridewell.Bridge of Jehennam. 


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