WhatL.1.1: The five-line ornamental capital is in blue on red fill. this montaigne bymeneth · and þe merke dale
What þis montaigne bymeneth and þe merke dale
What this mountein bemeineth & þe merke dale
What þis Mountaigne bymeneþ . and þe merke dale
What this Montayne bemeneth and the merke dale
Uhat this mountaigne bymenes · & the merke dale
What thys mownteyne menethG.2.1: The G F reading meneth (for remaining B manuscripts bymeneth) is shared by several A manuscripts. & the marke dale
þis montayne by-meneth and þe merke dale . It
is clear that the initials of line 1 and line 3 were oversized, and that they were executed
in blue and red respectively. But their specific identities are inferrable only from context;
hence, they are bracketed and marked as supplied.
WhatF.2.1: The ornamented capital is done in red ink with green flourishes extending in the left margin from the top into the
bottom margin of the written space. þis Mounteyn meneþ / & þe derke dale.