For a Swarm of Bees


  • Earth
  • Sand

Take earth, throw it with your right hand under your right foot, and say:
"I catch it under my foot, I have found it.
Lo, earth has power against all creatures,
and against malice and against ungratefulness,
and against the mighty tongue of man."

And afterward throw sand over them when they rise up to swarm, and say:
"Settle, victorious women, sink down to the earth.
You must never fly wild to the wood.
Be as mindful of my welfare as men are of food and home."