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1. London, British Library MS Harley 2392
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Harley 2392
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Sampled Folios:81r
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Usage: cas
single compartment 'a' used throughout.
Usage: man
'a' may or may not have a small horn-like extension at the head.
Usage: a
initial letter of a line. The scribe only uses an upper case letter for the first line of a stanza so there are no examples on the folio examined.
Usage: Pandare
a rounded 'a' and a more horned variety are both used in this word.
Usage: freend
'd' is looped and may appear squashed as in this example or it may have a more pointed lower lobe as in versions 2 and 3.
Usage: deere
Usage: deere
'd' as initial letter of 'deere' on top line. The blobs on the loop of the 'd' may be a bleed as a result of a fold in the paper.
Usage: hold
'd' in final position.
Usage: god
tailed secretary 'g' is used throughout.
Usage: god
the head is horned with horizontal cross-bar and reverse flick on the tail.
Usage: nothyng
Usage: glad
Usage: help
'h' is also usually quite squat. It tends to tilt a little to the right.
Usage: this
'h' frequently has a very short limb.
Usage: haue
'h' as it appears initially on the top line of verse with extended stem.
Usage: war
modern 'r' used in all positions except after 'o' and round-bodied graphs where 'z'-shaped 'r' is used.
Usage: brouht
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o' and some consonants.
Usage: teer
'r' with flourish in final position.
Usage: beforn
an otiose stroke descending in a curve from the bottom left side of this 'z'-shaped 'r'. On the folio examined, it is the exception rather than the rule.
Usage: is
final horned 's' gives the impression of being open at the top where the hairline is almost invisible..
Usage: as
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position.
Usage: so
the lead-in stroke to the thick stem of long 's'.
Usage: mysse
'ss' set at an angle.
Usage: war
'w' in initial position. This more rounded 'w' is usually used when it follows another letter.
Usage: werste
the cursive 'w' is used more frequently in initial position.
Usage: wrath
Usage: may
the tail of 'y' varies in length but is rarely short.
Usage: nothyng
Usage: certeyn
Usage: I
a closed circular head-loop for upper case 'I'.
Usage: I
on the top line.
Usage: I
upper case 'I' follows the slant of letters such as long 's' and 'f'.
Usage: Pandarus
the only example of upper case 'P' on this folio, but distinctive in formation.
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