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 Jerusalem Pony.Jessamy Bride 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Jess (pl. Jesses).
 
A short strap of leather tied about the legs of a hawk to hold it on the fist. Hence a bond of affection, etc.   1
       
“If I prove her haggard,
       
Though that her jesses were my dear heart-strings,
I’d whistle her off.”
       
Shakespeare: Othello, iii. 3.
 


 Jerusalem Pony.Jessamy Bride 

 
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