[DWJ] Bees (was Chalice)
schwartzbergj at newberry.org
Wed Apr 22 11:44:03 EDT 2009
Thanks for posting the Bee Boy's Song. I'm delighted to know that DWJ
has read Puck of Pook's Hill and I assume Rewards and Fairies.
> As I understand it, the legend is old and the immediate cause of its being
> used in this case is that it plays a small part in a story by Kipling that
> was well-known to DWJ, and has a poem^Wverse (sorry: Kipling never claimed
> to write poems, he always called them "verses") attached:
> THE BEE-BOY'S SONG
> Bees! Bees! Hark to your bees!
> "Hide from your neighbours as much as you please,
> But all that has happened, to /us/ you must tell,
> Or else we will give you no honey to sell!"
> A maiden in her glory,
> Upon her wedding-day,
> Must tell her Bees the story,
> Or else they'll fly away.
> Dwindle down and leave you!
> Fly away -- die away --
> But if you don't deceive your Bees,
> Your Bees will not deceive you.
> Marriage, birth or buryin',
> News across the seas,
> All you're sad or merry in,
> You must tell the Bees.
> Tell 'em coming in an' out,
> Where the Fanners fan,
> 'Cause the Bees are just about
> As curious as a man!
> Don't you wait where trees are,
> When the lightnings play,
> Nor don't you hate where Bees are,
> Or else they'll pine away,
> Pine away -- dwine away --
> Anything to leave you!
> But if you never grieve your Bees,
> Your Bees'll never grieve you.
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