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UPON A MOLE IN CELIA'S BOSOM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: That lovely spot which thou dost see
Last Line: Of the bee's honey and her sting.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Mole (Skin Growth); Beekeeping; Bugs


THAT lovely spot which thou dost see
In Celia's bosom was a bee,
Who built her amorous spicy nest
I' th' Hyblas of her either breast.
But from close ivory hives she flew
To suck the aromatic dew
Which from the neighbour vale distils,
Which parts those two twin-sister hills.
There feasting on ambrosial meat,
A rolling file of balmy sweat
(As in soft murmurs before death
Swan-like she sung) chok'd up her breath:
So she in water did expire,
More precious than the phœnix' fire.
Yet still her shadow there remains
Confin'd to those Elysian plains,
With this strict law, that who shall lay
His bold lips on that milky way,
The sweet and smart from thence shall bring
Of the bee's honey and her sting.





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