For a Swarm of Bees

Sitte ge, sīgewīf,
sīgað tō eorðan,
næfre ge wilde
tō wuda fleogan,
beō ge swā gemindige,
mīnes gōdes,
swā bið manna gehwilc,
metes and ēðeles.

Old English. Anglo Saxon metrical charm.

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17th Century. Francesco Stelluti, microscopist.