Diana Primrose (fl. 1630)
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
Although Diana Primrose (fl. 1630) is styled a “noble lady” on the title page of A Chain of Pearl (1630), she has not been further identified. Nor has Dorothy Berry, author of a prefatory poem. Primrose lives through her poems on ten of Elizabeth Tudor's virtues, published at a time when to praise Elizabeth could hint at criticism of the Stuart kings. We base our text on the 1630 edition.
OR A MEMORIAL OF THE PEERLESS GRACES AND HEROIC VIRTUES
OF QUEEN ELIZABETH,OF GLORIOUS MEMORY
To all noble ladies and gentlewomen: To you, the honor of our noble sex, I send this chain, with all my best respects. Which, if you please to wear, for her sweet sake, For whom I did this slender poem make, You shall erect a trophy to her name, And crown yourselves with never-fading fame. Devoted to your virtues, Diana P.