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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXIX. The Happy Dead
‘Proud Maisie is in the wood’
By Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
 
From ‘The Heart of Midlothian’, Chap. XVI.

PROUD Maisie is in the wood,
  Walking so early;
Sweet Robin sits on the bush,
  Singing so rarely.
 
‘Tell me, thou bonny bird,        5
  When shall I marry me?’—
‘When six braw gentlemen
  Kirkward shall carry ye.’
 
‘Who makes the bridal bed,
  Birdie, say truly?’—        10
‘The grey-headed sexton
  That delves the grave duly.
 
‘The glow-worm o’er grave and stone
  Shall light thee steady;
The owl from the steeple sing,—        15
  “Welcome, proud lady!”’
 
 
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