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.

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.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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