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Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Harley 2280
Sampled Folios:14v, 35r
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Usage: and
double compartment 'a' used throughout.
Usage: þat
'a' often appears squashed with a lower compartment which is much smaller than the upper one.
Usage: Pandare
Usage: And
Usage: seyd
last letter of a word. This form of unlooped 'd' is the only form used on f14v.
Usage: redy
this looped 'd' is the predominant form on f35, but other types are also to be found on this folio.
Usage: gladde
the double letter 'dd' in the unlooped form used exclusively on f14v. Also to be found on f35 where all varieties seem to be represented.
Usage: thridde
a very peculiar variation which the scribe uses several times on f35 as in the word 'doughter' on the third line.
Usage: goodenesse
the 'g' is almost exclusively double compartment with triangular lower compartment.
Usage: bigonne
there is a hairline joining stroke from lower left back to the upper compartment, but it is difficult to see.
Usage: synge
Usage: proignee
Usage: han
'h' with detached head-stroke and sweeping curved tail-stroke.
Usage: naught
a vertically squashed form of 'h'.
Usage: hym
Usage: which
on the top line of f35. Many of the letters are so decorated on top lines.
Usage: Pandarus
the fork of long 'r' is almost at the level of the top of surrounding letters. Long 'r' is used in every position except after 'o'.
Usage: rede
long 'r' used initially with a thick squared-off stroke to initiate the stem rather than a small turn of the nib.
Usage: bryght
'z'-shaped 'r' used frequently, not only after 'o'.
Usage: Ryght
an unusual form of upper case 'R' as the initial letter of a line. It can be seen again lower on the folio in the word 'Remembrynge'.
Usage: shame
this scribe uses every form of 's'. More variants to be seen in Wild Letter 1. Kidney-shaped 's' is the initial letter here and is the predominant type for initial 's', though not used exclusively.
Usage: tymes
8-shaped 's' is used mainly in final position.
Usage: s(er)uen
initial 's' with 'er' abbreviation.
Usage: scarsely
long 's' does not extend very far below the level of the bottom of the letters.
Usage: blew
the letter appears to tilt.
Usage: When
Usage: wt
the superscript 't' graph is rather larger than usual.
Usage: worth
Usage: Myn
'y' has very short tail and is virtually indistinguishable from thorn.
Usage: wyse
Usage: day
shows 'y' in relation to the preceding letter and the shortness of the tail.
Usage: redy
Usage: Is
's' with otiose stroke attached.
Usage: She
upper case 'S' in initial position.
Usage: se
this 's' is used in initial position as well as long 's'.
Usage: 'secundus
the final 's' in the Incipit.
Usage: which
Usage: bemes
Usage: dere
Usage: thre
'h' decoration only in outline.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þer
thorn is almost identical with the scribe's 'y'.
Usage: þt
Usage: ȝow
yogh used as representative of the 'y' sound.
Usage: ȝet
Mixed bag
Usage: O
this scribe frequently puts a double stroke inside an upper case letter at the beginning of a line.
Usage: In
initial upper case 'I' can have none, one, two or three blobs on the stem. Usually limited to one blob. Note also the paraph which often has an elongated horizontal stroke which continues above several letters and an elongated vertical stroke which sometimes extends down beside 4 lines of verse.
Usage: Ȝe
yogh used at the beginning of a line.
Usage: In
illuminated upper case 'I' extends the length of one and a half stanzas. The same shape for the 'I' of the incipit can be seen above.
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