A saying about bees

ClareBroommaker's picture

Have you heard that if one savors hate around bees, the bees will die? Did Kipling originate this, or was/is the idea widely known?

From a 1921 childrens' book, "Windy Hill" by Cornelia Meigs:

"If I thought that were true," responded his friend gravely, "I should have to ask you never to come here again, not only because I am fond of your cousin myself, but because I value my bees. There is an old superstition that you must not hate where bees are, for they feel it and pine away and die. I cannot have my bees destroyed."

and from Rudyard Kipling's 1906 "Puck of Pook's Hill":

The Bee-Boy's Song

BEES! BEES! Hark to your bees!
"Hide from your neighbours as much as you please,
But all that has happened, to us you must tell,
Or else we will give you no honey to sell!"

A maiden in her glory,
Upon her wedding-day,
Must tell her Bees the story,
Or else they'll fly away.
Fly away - die away -
Dwindle down and leave you!
But if you don't deceive your Bees,
Your Bees will not deceive you.

Marriage, birth or buryin',
News across the seas,
All you're sad or merry in,
You must tell the Bees.
Tell 'em coming in an' out,
Where the Fanners fan,
'Cause the Bees are just about
As curious as a man!

Don't you wait where the trees are,
When the lightnings play,
Nor don't you hate where Bees are,
Or else they'll pine away.
Pine away - dwine away -

Anything to leave you!
But if you never grieve your Bees,
Your Bees'll never grieve you.

David Trammel's picture

The more I garden, the more I experience Nature and the more I volunteer at the pet shelter here, the more I have come to believe we are all interconnected at a level that few people understand. It wouldn't surprise me if communal insects like bees could pick up on the emotions of people around them. I know that cats can tell if you are unhappy when you come near them, and can tell if you are happy too.

“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.”
― Werner Heisenberg (physicist and cat lover (lol))

Blueberry's picture

A honey bee can only sting you once, when they try to remove the stinger the barbs on the stinger stick to your skin and the bee ends up pulling out there guts and dies. Some people just piss the ladies off no matter how much they smoke them. Never wear blue jeans around bees something about the blue dye. One of many good books https://www.amazon.com/Abc-Xyz-Bee-Culture-Honey-Plants/dp/1375782711/re... Check the local library!!!