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wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart. ::

CH A P. IV. D EHOLD, thou [artfair, my love; behold, B thou (art] fair; thou shaft] doves' eyes within thy locks : thy hair [is] as a flock of goats, that ap2 pear from mount Gilead, Thy teeth [are) like a flock

[of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from

the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none 3 [is] barren among them. Thy lips [arq] like a thread

of scarlet, and thy speech [is] comely: thy temples

fare] like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks. 4 Thy neck [is] like the tower of David builded for an.

armory, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all 5 fhields of mighty men. Thy two breasts [are) like

two young roes that are twins, which feed among the 6 lilies. Until the day break, and the shadows flee away,

I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill

of frankincense. Thou (art] all fair, my love; (there 8 is no spot in thee. Come with me from Lebanon,

[my] spouse, with me from Lebanon : look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon,

from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the 9 leopards. Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister,

(my) spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of 10 thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck. How fair is in thy love, my sister, (my] spouse! how much better is

thy love than wine and the smell of thine ointments Ir than all spices ! Thy lips, O (my] spouse, drop [as]

the honeycomb: honey and milk (are] under thy

tongue; and the smell of thy garments [is] like the 12 smell of Lebanon. A garden inclosed [is] my sister, 13 [my] spoufe ; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Thy

- plants are] an orchard of pomegranates, with plea14 fant fruits; camphire, with fpikenard, Spikenard and

faffron ; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of - frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief

spices :

15 spices: A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters,

and freams from Lebanon. 16 Awake, O north wind; and come thou south; blow

upon my garden, [that] the fpices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

CHA P. V. I JAM come into my garden, my fifter, [my] spouse ;

T I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, o friends, drink, yea, drink

abundantly, o beloved. 2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: [it is] the voice of my beloved that knocketh, [saying,] Open to me, my lister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head

is filled with dew, (and) my locks with the drops of the 3 night. I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on ? 4 I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? My • beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door,) and 5 my bowels were moved for him. I rose up to open to

my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and

my fingers [with] sweet smelling myrrh, upon the 6 handles of the lock. I opened to my beloved; but my

beloved had withdrawn himself, [and] was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I fought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. The watchmen that went about the city found me, they

smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls 8 took away my veil from me. I charge you, O daugh

ters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that yė tell him, that I [am] fick of love.

What [is] thy beloved more than (another] beloved, O thou fairest among women? what [is] thy beloved

more than another] beloved, that thou doft fo charge. 10 us? My beloved [is] white and ruddy, the chiefest II among ten thousand. His head (is as) the most fine gold, his locks Care] bushy, [and] black as a raven, L4

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12 His eyes Care) as (the eyes] of doves by the rivers of 13 waters, washed with milk, [and] fitly set. His cheeks

fare as a bed of spices, [as] sweet flowers: his lips 14 slike] lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. His

hands (are as] gold rings set with the beryl : his belly · 15 [is as] bright ivory overlaid [with] fapphires. His

legs [are as) pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance [is] as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. His mouth [is] most sweet: yea, he [is] altogether lovely. This [is] my beloved, and this [is] my friend, o daughters of Jerusalem.

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“C H A P, VI. ! W H ITHER is thy beloved gone, thou

fairest among women? whither is thy beloved 2 turned aside that we may seek him with thee. My : beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of 3 spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. I

[am] my beloved's, and my beloved [is] mine : he

feedeth among the lilies. 4 Thou (art] beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely

as Jerusalem, terrible as [an army) with banners. :5 Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have over

come me: thy hair [is] as a flock of goats that appear 6 from Gilead.' Thy teeth fare] as a flock of theep

which go up from the washing, whereof every one

beareth twins, and there is] not one barren among 7 them. As a piece of a pomegranate (are) thy temples 8 within thy locks. There are threescore queens, and

fourscore concubines, and virgins without number, 9 My dove, my undefiled is (but] one; the [is] the

[only] one of her mother, she [is] the choice [one) of her that bare her, The daughters saw her, and blessed

her; (yea,] the queens and the concubines, and they 10 praised her. Who [is] the [that] looketh forth as the

morning, fair as the moon, clear as the fun, [and] II terrible as [an army) with banners ? I went down into

the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, [and]

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to see whether the vine flourished, [and] the pomegra. 12 nates budded. Or ever I was aware, my soul made 13 me slike the chariots of Ammi-nadib. Return, re

turn, o Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will you see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.,

CHA P. VII. I UJO W beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's

į daughter! the joints of thy thighs sare) like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning work2 man. Thy navel [is like] a round goblet, (which]

wanteth not liquor: thy belly [is like] an' heap of 3 wheat fet about with lilies. Thy two breasts [are] like 4 two young roes (that are] twins. Thy neck [is] as a

tower of ivory; tħine eyes (like) the fish pools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim: thy nose [is] as the

tower of Lebanon, which looketh toward Damascus. 5 Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair ..of thine head like purple; the king [is] held in the

6 galleries. How fair and how pleasant art thou, O y love, for delights! This thy ftature is like to à palm

tree, and thy breasts to clusters (of grapes.] I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters

of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples; 9 And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my

beloved, that goeth (down] sweetly, causing the lips of

those that are asleep to speak. 10 I (am) my beloved's, and his desire [is] toward me. It Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field ; let 12 us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the

vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, (whether

the tender grape appear, [and] the pomegranates bud 13 forth: there will I give thee my loves. The man

drakes give a smell, and at our gates [are) all manner of pleasant (fruits,] new and old, (which] I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.

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CH A P. VIII. on THAT thou (wert) as my brother, that fucked

the breasts of my mother! (when) I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be 2 despised. I would lead thee, [and] bring thee into

my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would

cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my 3 pomegranate. His left hand should be) under my 4 head, and his right hand should embrace me. I charge

you, o daughters of Jerusalem, that ye ftir not up, 5 nor awake my love, until he please. Who [is] this

that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved ? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought

thee forth [that] bare thee. . 6 Set me as a feal upon thine heart, as a feal upon thine

arm: for love [is] Atrong as death; jealousy [is] cruel ,

as the grave: the coals thereof (are] coals of fire, 7 (which hath) a moft vehement flame. Many waters.

cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: : if a man would give all the substance of his house for · love, it would utterly be contemned. 8 We have a little fifter, and the hath no breasts ::

what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall 9 be spoken for? If she [be] a wall, we will build upon

her a palace of silver: and if the [be] a door, we will jo inclose her with boards of cedar. I [am] a wall, and

my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one 11 that found favour. Solomon had a vineyard at Baal

hamon: he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every

one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thoufánd (pieces] 12 of filver. My vineyard, which [is] mine, [is] before ::me: thou, O Solomon, (must have] a thousand, and 13 those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred. Thou

that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken

to thy voice: cause me to hear sit.) 14: Make hafte, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or

to a young liart upon the mountains of spices.

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