The 'Cambrian measures' are a geological formation from the Cambrian period
some 550 million years ago. Kipling is saying that the rule of the Gods of
the Copy Book Headings has existed since the dawn of time, although I think
that then it would only have applied to the trilobites.
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> From: "Samuel Ryskind" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 8:39 PM
> Subject: Gods of the Copybook Headings...
> > Dear John,
> > In Kipling's poem he refers to "Cambrian measures". What does this
> > refer to exactly? I have assumed this has to do with some plan for
> > world peace that predates but ran along the lines of The League of
> > Nations outlawing war in 1928 but in truth I have no idea. Can you
> > help me here?
> > Best regards,
> > Sam Ryskind