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Parson

says Blackstone, is “persona ecclesiae,” one that hath full rights of the parochial church. (See Clerical Titles.)

Among wyves and wodewes ich am ywoned sute [wont to set],
Yparroked [impaled] in puwes. The person hit knoweth.

Robert Langland: Piers Plowmes Vision.

“God give you good morrow, master, person” (i.e. Sir Nathaniel, a parson). —Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost, iv. 2.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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