Vocabulary and Allusions
Line 2, maturing sun: causes to mature; that is, the sun makes the fruit ripen.
Line 4, thatch: covering of a roof made of straw, leaves, or other dried plants,
eaves: overhang of roof.
Line 5, mossed: covered with moss.
Line 7, gourd: the groud family includes squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers.
Line 11, o'er: poetic form of over; thus the cells are overfilled.
cells: honey-filled cells or honeycomb in the beehive.