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The Bee Carol

for SATB, piano accompaniment


The Bee Carol

Details

Theme
Seasonal
Setting
SATB, piano accompaniment
Composed
Brisbane, 2018
Author of the text
Carol Ann Duffy
Copyright of the text
Copyright © 2011, Carol Ann Duffy
Language
English
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The Bee Carol, by Carol Ann Duffy

Silently on Christmas Eve,
the turn of midnight’s key;
all the garden locked in ice —
a silver frieze —
except the winter cluster of the bees.

Flightless now and shivering,
around their Queen they cling;
every bee a gift of heat;
she will not freeze
within the winter cluster of the bees.

Bring me for my Christmas gift
a single golden jar;
let me taste the sweetness there,
but honey leave
to feed the winter cluster of the bees.

Come with me on Christmas Eve
to see the silent hive —
trembling stars cloistered above —
and then believe,
bless the winter cluster of the bees.