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jacks the keys of the virginals or virginal: “those jacks that nimble leap,” SONNETS, cxxviii. 5. “The virginal jack was a small flat piece of wood, furnished on the upper part with a quill, affixed to it by springs of bristle. These jacks were directed by the finger-key to the string which was struck by the quill, then forced past the string by the elastic spring, giving it liberty to sound as long as the finger rested on the key. When the finger was removed, the quill returned to its place, and a small piece of cloth, fixed on the top of the jack, resting on the string, stopped its vibration” (FAIRHOLT) , and see virginals—The.

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