Bees of Paradise
DESCRIPTION: "Bees, oh bees of Paradise, Does the work of Jesus Christ, Does the work which no man can. God made bees, and bees made honey, God made man, and man made money. God made great men to plow and to sow, God made little boys to tend the rocks and crows...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1973 (Simpson)
KEYWORDS: work bug bird food
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Jacqueline Simpson, _The Folklore of Sussex_, B. T. Batsford, 1973, p. 104, "(Bees, oh bees of Paradise)" (1 text)
cf. "Haul Away, Boys, Haul Away" (lyrics)
cf. "Old Bee Makes the Honey Comb" (theme of the work of bees and money)
NOTES: Roud lumps this with "Old Bee Makes the Honey Comb." Given its rarity, this is perhaps understandable. But this looks like a separate song to me, and Simplson said it was sung to bees on Twelfth Night. - RBW
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