E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Plato and the Bees.
When Plato was an infant, some bees settled on his lips when he was asleep, indicating that he would become famous for his honeyed words. The same is said of Sophcls, Pindar, St. Ambrose, St. Chrysostom, and others.