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THE BEES.

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BEES:

A Poem,

IN
ÍÀ FOUR BOOKS.

WITH NOTES,

MORAL, POLITICAL, AND PHILOSOPHICAL.

BY JOHN EVANS, M. D.

F. R. M. S. EDINB,

BOOK I.

In tenui labor, at tenuis non gloria, si quem
Numina læva silunt, auditque vocatus Apollo.

VIRGIL.

Here their delicious task the fervent bees,
In swarming millions, tend : around, athwart,
Through the soft air, the busy Nations fly,
Cling to the bud, and, with inserted tube,
Suck its pure essence, its ethereal soul ;
And oft, with bolder wing, they soaring dare
The purple heath, or where the wild thyme grows,
And yellow load them with the luscious spoil.

THOMSOX,

SHREWSBURY:
PRINTED BY J. AND W. EDDOWES.
Sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster Row, London,

1806,

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