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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
Southern States: St. Simon’s Island, Ga.
The Bees of St. Simon’s
John Henry Hopkins

THERE lies, far in the bosom of the seas,
          An island fair:
All summer long the patient little bees
          Are busy there.
The honey which they gather in their round,        5
          Buzzing from flower to flower,
They hoard in a quaint beehive they have found
          In the old church tower.
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Like Jonathan, when fainting he did roam
          The hungry waste,        10
How was he quickened when a honeycomb
          He did but taste!
So to those weary laborers on lone shores,
          This humble hive supplies
The luscious droppings of its annual stores        15
          To light their eyes.
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