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Primrose, David, [note] a clergyman, son of Dr. Gilbert Primrose, [note] was a
principal contributor to the collection of poetical tributes presented by the University of
Edinburgh to Charles the First, [note] on his visit to
Edinburgh. Besides some Latin verses, he wrote a
| “—gold fac'd Phœbus, measurer of tyme, |
Hath touch'd the circle of the northmost clyme,
Now almost twice two hundred tymes and twaine,
Since Scotland first enjoyed a soverayne.
| Yet all this while our princes did maintaine |
Their liberties unstain'd, which still remaine
More deare to us, nor treasure, chylde, and wyfe,
Or yet this dying sweet, our toylsome life.
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* * * * *We may be beaten, but we shall not flee,
More deare than lyfe to us is libertie.”