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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury. 1875.

Sir Walter Scott

CCXXX. The Pride of Youth

PROUD Maisie is in the wood,

Walking so early;

Sweet Robin sits on the bush,

Singing so rarely.

“Tell me, thou bonny bird,

When shall I marry me?”—

“When six braw gentlemen

Kirkward shall carry ye.”

“Who makes the bridal bed,

Birdie, say truly?”—

“The gray-headed sexton

That delves the grave duly.

“The glowworm o’er grave and stone

Shall light thee steady;

The owl from the steeple sing,

Welcome, proud lady.”