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First Line: Malicious insect, little vengeful bee
Last Line: Crops sorrow's weed, and treads on pleasure's flower.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs

Malicious insect, little vengeful bee,
With venom-sting thou'rt whirling round and round
A harmless head that ne'er meant wrong to thee,
And friendship's hand it is thou'dst wish to wound:
Cool thy revenge, and judge thy foes aright;
The hardened neatherd and the sweet-toothed boy --
Thy moss-wrapped treasures, if but in their sight,
Soon would they all thy honeyed lives destroy:
But delve the cowslip-peep in labor free,
And dread no pilferer of thy hoards in me. --
Thus man to man oft takes a friend for foe,
And spurns a blessing when it's in his power,
Mistakes real happiness for worldly woe,
Crops sorrow's weed, and treads on pleasure's flower.

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