[DWJ] Bees (was Chalice)

Jenny Schwartzberg 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.


Minnow wrote:
> 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:
> 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.
> Minnow
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