Marginalia, no.115

…these narrow engines…

~ Thomas Browne, Religio Medici

With reference to bees and other insects, a happy phrase.  The bees are suddenly everywhere now that it’s April.  The hummingbirds too, darting like miniature knights-errant through the budding trees, lances at the ready, in flashing green and purple mail.  Napoleonic Man contrives by religion or philosophy to crown himself imperial Microcosmos, but the smaller perfections elude him.  The bee and the hummingbird make him slow and gross by comparison.


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