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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Andrew Lang 1844–1912

Paraphrases. II. Telling the Bees


NAIADS, and ye pastures cold,

When the bees return with spring,

Tell them that Leucippus old

Perished in his hare-hunting,

Perished on a winter night.

Now no more shall he delight

In the hives he used to tend,

But the valley and the height

Mourn a neighbor and a friend.