Archive for the ‘Bees’ Category

Bees and wax

October 30, 2007

Cymbeline, [3.2.35-39]. Imogen. “good wax, thy leave. Blest be/ You bees that make these locks of counsel! Lovers/ And men in dangerous bonds pray not alike;/ Though forfeiters you cast in prison, yet/ You clasp young CUpid’s tables. Good news, gods!”


Bees, flower’d fields

October 30, 2007

Titus Andronicus, [5.1.13-16]. First Goth. “Be bold in us. We’ll follow where thou lead’st,/ Like stinging bees in hottest summer’s day/ Led by their master to the flow’red fields,/ And be aveng’d on cursed Tamora.”

Hybla bees

October 12, 2007

Julius Caesar, [5.1.30-38]. Antony. “In your bad strokes, Brutus, you give good words./ Witness the hole you made in Caesar’s heart,/ Crying ‘Long live! Hail, Caesar!’ Cassius. “Antony,/ The posture of your blows are yet unknown;/ But for your words, they rob theh Hybla bees,/ And leave them honeyless.” Antony. “Not stingless too?” Brutus. “O, yes, and soundless too./ For you have stol’n their buzzing, Antony,/ And very wisely threat before you sting.”


October 3, 2007

Love’s Labor’s Lost, [3.1.69-73]. Armado. “No, page, it is an epilgue or discourse, to make plain/ Some obscure precedence that hath tofore been sain/. I will example it:/ The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee/ Were still at odds, being but three.”


September 19, 2007

Rape of Lucrece, [1765-1771].”O Time, cease thou thy course and last no longer,/ If they surcease to be that should survive./ Shall rotten Death make conquest of the stronger/ And leave the falt’ring feeble souls alive? The old bees died, the young possess their hive./ Then live, sweet Lucrece, live again and see/ Thy father die, and not thy father thee!