Measure, as ex-cess, excess-ive. Out of all cess means
excessively, i.e. ex (out of all) cess.
“Poor jade, is wrung in the withers out of all cess.”—
Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., ii. 1.
A tax, contracted from assessment (“sess”); as a “church-cess.” In
Ireland the word is used sometimes as a contraction of success, meaning
luck, as “bad cess to you!”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894