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Jacob’s Staff

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An instrument for taking heights and distances.

Reach then a soaring quill, that I may write

As with a Jacoh’s staff to take her height.”


Cleveland: The Hecatomb to his Mistress.

The Apostle James is usually represented with a staff.


“As he had travelled many a summer’s day

Through boiling sands of Arabie and Ynd;

And in his hand a Jacob’s staff to stay

His weary limbs upon.”


Spenser: Faërie Queene, book i. can to vi. 32–35.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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