Bees are small, peculiar people
Original language: English
Words: John Silvanus Davis
A Co-operative Community
The Bee-hive Songster (1868), 14
1. Bees are small, peculiar people,Fond of clinging to their hive;Each one tries to be industrious,While they cannot help but thrive.They are true co-operatives,Working till their labor’s o’er;Then they put their means together,And uphold a common store.
2. Some will travel to a distance,Bringing back their produce cheap,Enter then their common warehouse,And lay up their precious heap.There they have a great abundance,All of which is owned by all;Then they have their clerks and porters,And there’s one a “king” they call.
3. Bees will deal not with outsiders;To themselves they keep their pay:Oft they help a needy brother,While he’s struggling on his way.Often are they persecutedFor their isolation’s sake;Yet they bear it all with patience,When their honor’s not at stake.
4. Bees are harmless, quiet, sober;Never heed what people say:But when parties dare attack them,All as one will sting away.Let the bees alone to prosper,Then their honey will abound;But if mobbers will molest them,Look for vengeance all around.