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The Magic Honey Jar

The Magic Honey Jar

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every shining flower!

How skilfully she builds her cell!
How neat she spreads the wax!
And labours hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes.

Excerpt from a poem by Isaac Watts,
parodied by Lewis Caroll in Alice in Wonderland.

And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.

And now you ask in your heart, “How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?”

Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,

But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee.

For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,

And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
— Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet

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