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Barry, Thomas, [note] Provost of Bothwell, wrote in 1338 a Latin poem on the battle of Otterburn. Bower, [note] in his Scotichronicon, [note] is pleased to pronounce it excellent; but Mair, [note] with more truth, says, it is devoid of merit. It is made up of such rare couplets as these:
O Rex! cunctorum qui præmia das meritorum
Prælia regnorum fac pacificare duorum
Et mala comprime, bellaque distrue, jurgia dirime, pax dominetur
Divina potentia regna per omnia tempora singula sanctificetur.
Should ever the Americans be in want of a specimen of lengthy measure, they need seek no farther.