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 Measure Swords (To).Measure One’s Length on the Ground (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Measure for Measure (Shakespeare).
The story is taken from a tale in G. Whetstone’s Heptam’eron, entitled Promos and Cassandra (1578). Promos is called by Shakespeare, “Lord Angelo;” and Cassandra is “Isabella.” Her brother, called by Shakespeare “Claudio,” is named Andru’gio in the story. A similar story is given in Giovanni Giraldi Cinthio’s third decade of stories.   1

 Measure Swords (To).Measure One’s Length on the Ground (To). 


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