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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII. 1876–79.


The Flower of Yarrow

By Anonymous

O, MARY ’s red, and Mary ’s white,

And Mary she ’s the king’s delight;

The king’s delight and the prince’s marrow,

Mary Scott, the flower of Yarrow.

When I look east, my heart grows sair;

But when I look west, it ’s mair and mair;

And when I look to the banks of Yarrow,

There I mind my winsome marrow.

Now she ’s gone to Edinburgh town,

To buy braw ribbons to tie her gown;

She ’s bought them broad, and laid them narrow,—

Mary Scott is the flower of Yarrow.