I once saw weeping in a woodThe bears that break the heart of GodWhen dusty grapes hung from the treesRevealed themselves as hosts of beesAnd rose towards the pale winter sun(It was most swift and sweetly done!)They left their nests untenantedBut had they sallied forth, or fled?For, standing in a ring below,All the bears wept to see them go.

Cold winter is a secret season,Frost and the wind confound the reason,Perplexing every dying bee,But it is the bears I weep to see.When winter and the cold increaseHiems Ursine, shield their peace!Some shall eat humble beebread, someFeed on the sumptuous honeycomb,But none may come to feel or seeHoly sweets in the wintering tree.