I was surprised that no one mentioned this in the thread on the Rohrbacher illuminated Exsultet.
While many have welcomed the Return of the Bees (sounds like a Hitchcock thriller!) in the revised translation of the Praeconium Paschale, it is very clear from the new, more literal rendering that this text is not really a Proclamation of Easter, which is what people think it is. Rather, it comes across more as a hymn to the candle itself. You will look in vain for the words “Christ is risen” in it.
Might there be a case for an alternative text which is actually an Easter Proclamation of the Resurrection? The 1970 translators gave us that through judicious slight modifications to the text, and in that respect the new version seems lacking by comparison.
While on the subject of bees, many have commented that it should be the Queen Bee, not the mother bee. In fact it appears that wax is produced not by the queen at all but by sterile worker bees. Clearly this was not known in the 7th century…