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Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Proud Maisie

              1Proud Maisie is in the wood,
              2      Walking so early;
              3Sweet Robin sits on the bush,
              4      Singing so rarely.

              5"Tell me, thou bonny bird,
              6      When shall I marry me?"
              7"When six braw gentlemen
              8      Kirkward shall carry ye."

              9"Who makes the bridal bed,
            10      Birdie, say truly?"
            11"The gray-headed sexton
            12      That delves the grave duly.

            13"The glow-worm o'er grave and stone
            14      Shall light thee steady;
            15The owl from the steeple sing,
            16      'Welcome, proud lady.' "


1] Sung by the madwoman Madge Wildfire on her deathbed in chapter XL of The Heart of Midlothian (1818).

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Sir Walter Scott, The Heart of Midlothian, Tales of my Landlord, 4 vols. (Edinburgh: A. Constable, 1818). B-10 1474 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1818
RPO poem editor: P. F. Morgan
RP edition: 3RP 2.425.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/3

Rhyme: abcb

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