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Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Harley 1704 part 2
Sampled Folios:28r
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Usage: mayde
lower case 'a'.
Usage: And
upper case 'A', used for the word 'And' as here and also for the indefinite article.
Usage: And
letter tipped with red ink as are all letters at the beginning of lines.
Usage: Alma
a double compartment 'a' which appears in the opening rubric.
Usage: lord
unlooped 'd' used throughout.
Usage: Doune
there appears to be no distinction between lower and upper case 'd'.
Usage: redemptoris
'd' as it appears in the formal hand of the rubric.
Usage: gost
squat tailed secretary 'g'.
Usage: Through
the combination 'gh'.
Usage: gret
there is hardly a tail at all on 'g' just a sort of squiggle turning counter-clockwise.
Usage: Gydeth
upper case letter tipped with red.
Usage: humblenesse
the scribe's regular form of 'h' with looped head crossing the top of the shoulder.
Usage: how
'h' with tail-stroke turned to the right is used as an upper case letter and also in the first two lines of the text.
Usage: Help
the word occurs at the beginning of a line of verse. All initial letters are tipped with red.
Usage: light
'ght' combination.
Usage: ride
the single example of long 'r' on this folio.
Usage: faders
the single example of modern 'r' also.
Usage: pray
'z'-shaped 'r' used on almost every occasion and in every position.
Usage: Raueshed
upper case 'R'.
Usage: meruelous
kidney-shaped 's' always used in final positions. Here the word is the last word in the line and the 's' has a descending vertical tag. The scribe appears to observe a rule whereby he only uses a tag if the word is in final position in the line.
Usage: so
this 's' looks like an upper case letter and frequently stands above the letters which follow. It is only used in initial position and looks like a variant of the 6-shaped 's'. The scribe appears to have a slightly different version for upper case as in version 4.
Usage: scole
long 's' is also used both initially and medially. The characteristic shape of 's' and 'f' is of a fat body for the stem with tapering ends.
Usage: Susteyned
upper case 'S' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: weyke
'w' when used initially almost always has a curved lead-in stroke.
Usage: downe
the only 'w' used in medial position on this folio.
Usage: how
'w' in final position.
Usage: yere
the tail of 'y' is short and rarely curves more than in this example.
Usage: opyn
Usage: may
Usage: þrough
Usage: moneþes
thorn used in the middle of a word.
Usage: þer(abbreviation)fore
Usage: þat
thorn tipped with red as the first letter of a line.
Usage: I
upper case 'I' shaped like a number 7.
Usage: I
Usage: Iurye
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