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Neck Verse (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Neck Verse

Formerly the persons claiming the benefit of clergy were obliged to read a verse in a Latin manuscript psalter: this saving them from the gallows, was termed their neck verse: it was the first verse of the fiftyfirst psalm, Miserere mei,&c.

Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.

Neck Stamper * Neck Weed

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