The Great War

from Herb o' Grace, an electronic edition

Telling the Bees

(For Edward Tennant)

Tell it to the bees, lest they

Umbrage take and fly away,

That the dearest boy is dead,

Who went singing, blithe and dear,

By the golden hives last year.

Curly-head, ah, curly-head!

Tell them that the summer's over,

Over mignonette and clover;

Oh, speak low and very low!

Say that he was blithe and bonny,

Good as gold and sweet as honey,

All too late the roses blow!

Say he will not come again,

Not in any sun or rain,

Heart's delight, ah, heart's delight!

Tell them that the boy they knew

Sleeps out under rain and dew

In the night, ah, in the night!