Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE TAX-GATHERER, by JOHN BANISTER TABB



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THE TAX-GATHERER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: And pray, who are you?
Last Line: "have you nothing for me?"
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Taxes; Beekeeping; Bugs


"AND pray, who are you?"
Said the violet blue
To the Bee, with surprise
At his wonderful size,
In her eye-glass of dew.

"I, madam," quoth he,
"Am a publican Bee,
Collecting the tax
On honey and wax.
Have you nothing for me?"





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