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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
436. The Pride of Youth
 
Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
 
 
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 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,        15
  Welcome, proud lady.’
 

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