Three brothers came along and stood under the tree where we have our nest. The two who thought themselves to be clever wanted to make a fire under the tree to get the honey.
The third brother said, “Leave the bees in peace. I will not allow you to burn them.”
His brothers think he is a fool. Little do they know that he has a friend in bees forever, and that we will always give him our honey.
The Queen Bee in The Queen Bee, Grimms. Illustration by Arthur Rackham. (Self portrait)