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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. “The honey-bee, that wanders all day long”
By Anne Charlotte Lynch (1815–1891)
THE HONEY-BEE, that wanders all day long
  The field, the woodland, and the garden o’er,
  To gather in his fragrant winter store,
Humming in calm content his quiet song,
Seeks not alone the rose’s glowing breast,        5
  The lily’s dainty cup, the violet’s lips,
  But from all rank and noxious weeds he sips
The single drop of sweetness closely prest
Within the poison chalice. Thus if we
  Seek only to draw forth the hidden sweet        10
  In all the varied human flowers we meet
In the wide garden of humanity,
  And, like the bee, if home the spoil we bear,
  Hived in our hearts it turns to nectar there.

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