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Rules for Children to Write by

Richard Field, 1611

How to write faire :

To write very faire, your pen let be new.

Dish, dash, long taile flie, false writing eschew;

Neatly and cleanly your hand for to frame,

Strong stalked pen, is best of a raven,

And comely to write, and give a good grace,

Leave betweene each word a small letters space,

That faire and seemely your hand may be read,

Keepe even your letters at foote and at head,

With distance alike betweene letter and letter

One out of others shews much the better.

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