Proud Maisie

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).
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). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
P. F. Morgan
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.425.