Chriss-cross Row

(row to rhyme with low). The alphabet in a horn-book, which had a cross at the beginning and end.

Philosophy is all the go,
And science quite the fashion;
Our grandams learnt the Chriss-cross Row,
L-d, how their daughters dash on.

Anon. in the Eaglet.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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