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CHAP. II.

IT (AM) the rose of Sharon, [and] the lily of the vallies. As 2 1 the lily among thorns, so [is] my love among the daugh: 3 ters. As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so [is]

my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with 4 great delight, and his fruit (was] sweet to my taste. He brought

me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me (was] love. 5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples : for I (am] 6 sick of love. His left hand [is] under my head, and his right 7 hand doth embrace me. I charge you, O ye daughters of Jeru

salem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not

up, nor awake (my] love, till he please. & The voice of my beloved ! behold, he cometh leaping upon 9 the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a

roe, or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he

looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lat10 tice. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, Il my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the 12 rain is over (and) gone ; The flowers appear on the earth ; the

time of the singing (of birds) is come, and the voice of the tur. 13 tle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green

figs, and the vines [with] the tender grape give a (good] smell.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. 14 O my dove [that art) in the clefts of the rock, in the secret

[places) of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear

thy voice ; for sweet [is] thy voice, and thy countenance [is] 15 comely. Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines :

for our vines (have) tender grapes. 16 My beloved, [is] mine, and I [am] his : he feedeth among 17 the lilies. · Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn

my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.

CHAP. III.

I DY night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth :

D I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth : I sought him, but I found him not. 3 The watchmen that go about the city, found me : [to whom I

said,] Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? (It was) but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul lov. eth : I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought

him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that 5 conceived me. I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by

the roes, and by the binds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake (my) love, till he please.

6 Who [is] this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars

of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all pow. 7 ders of the merchant ? Behold his bed, which [is] Solomon's ;

three score valiant men [are] about it, of the valiant of Israel. 8 They all hold swords, [being] expert in war : every man [hath] 9 his sword upon his thigh, because of fear in the night. King 10 Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon. He

made the pillars thereof [of] silver, the bottom thereof (of]

gold, the covering of it [of] purple, the midst thereof being Il paved [with] love, for the daughters of Jerusalem. Go forth,

O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his es. pousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.

CHAP. IV.

I R EHOLD, thou (art] fair, my love ; behold, thou (art) sair ;

D thou (hast] dove's eyes within thy locks : thy hair [is] as 2 a flock of goats, that appear 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 [is] .3 barren among them. Thy lips [are] like a thread of scarlet,

and thy speech [is] comely : thy temples (are] like a piece of 4 a pomegranate within thy locks. Thy neck [is] like the tower

of David builded for an armory, whereon there hang a thousand 5 bucklers, all shields of mighty men. Thy two breasts [are]

like two young roes tbat are twins, which feed among the lilies. 6 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to 7 the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense. Thou 8 [art] all fair, my love ; (there is) 110 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, 9 from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards. Thou

hast ravished my heart, my sister, (my] spouse ; thou hast rar.

ished iny heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy 10 neck. How fair is thy love, my sister, (my) spousehow

much better is thy love than wine ! and the smell of thine oint11 ments than all spices! Thy lips, () (my) spouse, drop (as) the

honeycomb : honey and milk (are) under thy tongue; and the 12 smell of thy garments [is] like the smell of Lebanon. A gar

den inclosed [is] my sister, (my) spouse ; a spring shut up, a 13 fountain sealed. Thy plants (are) an orchard of pomegranates, 14 with pleasant fruits ; camphire with spikenard, Spikenard and

saffron ; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; 15 myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices : A fountain of gar

dens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon. 16 Awake, O north wind; and come thou south ; blow upon my : garden, [that] the spices thereof may flow out. Let my belove •ed come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

CHAP. V.

1 I AM come into my garden, my sister, (my) spouse ; I have

I gathered my myrrh with my spice ; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey ; I have drunk my wine with my milk :

eat, О friends, drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved. 2 I sleep, but my heart waketh : [it is) the voice of my beloved

that kpocketh, (saying,] Open to me, my sister, my love, my

dove, my undefiled : for my head is filled with dew, (and) my 3 locks with the drops of the night. I have put off my coat; how

shall I put it on ? I have washed my feet ; how shall I defile 4 them ? My beloved put in his hand by the hole [of the door,] 5 and my bowels were moved for him. I rose up to open to my

beloved ; and my hands dropped (with) myrrh, and my fingers 6 [with] sweet smelling myrrh, upon the 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 sought him,

but I could not find him ; I called him, but he gave me no an7 swer. The watchmen that went about the city found me, they

smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took 3 away my veil from me. I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,

if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I [am] sick of love. 9 What [is] thy beloved more than [another) beloved, O thou

fairest among women? what [is] thy beloved more than (anoth. 10 er] beloved, that thou dost so charge us? My beloved [is] white 11 and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. His head [is as)

the most fine gold, his locks (are) bushy, (and) black as a raven. 12 His eyes (are) as (the eyes) of doves by the rivers of waters, 13 washed with milk, [and] fitly set. His cheeks (are] as a bed of

spices, [as] sweet flowers : his lips (like) lilies, dropping sweet 14 smelling myrrh. His hands [are as) gold rings set with the

beryl : his belly (is as) bright ivory overlaid (with) sapphires. 15 His legs [are as) pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold : 16 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.

CHAP. VI.

TTHITHER is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among

women? whither is thy beloved turned aside ? that we 3 may seek him with thee. My beloved is gone down into his

garden, to the beds of spices; to feed in the gardens, and to 3 gather lilies. I (am) my beloved's, and my beloved [is] mine ;

he feedeth among the lilies. van Thou (art) beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah ; comely as Jeru. 5 salem, terrible as (an army] with banners. Turn away thine

eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair [is] as 6 a flock of goats that appear from Gilead. Thy teeth (are) as

a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every

one beareth twins, and (there is) not one barren among them. 7 As a piece of a pomegranate (are] thy temples within thy locks. 8 There are three score queens, and four score concubines, and 9 virgins without number. My dove, my undefiled is (but] one :

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

[yea,] the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. 10 Who [is] she [that] looketh forth as the morning, fair as the

moon, clear as the sun, [and] terrible as an [army) with ban11 ners? I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of

the valley, [and] to see whether the vine flourished, [and] the 12 pomegranates budded. Or ever I was aware, my soul made me 13 (like) the chariots of Amminadib. Return, return, ( Shula

mite ; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shularnite? As it were the compatiy of two armies.

CHAP. VII.

I L OW beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daugh

11 ter ! the joints of thy thighs (are] like jewels, the work 2 of the hands of a cunning workman. Thy navel [is like) a

round goblet, (which] wanteth not liquor: thy belly [is 3 like] an heap of wheat set about with lilies. Thy two breasts 4 [are] like two young roes [that are] twins. Thy neck [is] as

a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fish pools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim : thy nose [is] as the tower of Leb5 anon, which looketh toward Damascus. Thine head upon thee

[is] like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple ; the 6 king (is) held in the galleries. How fair and how pleasant art 7 thou, O love, for delights! This thy stature is like to a palm 8 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 9 thy nose like apples; 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 11 1[am) my beloved's, and his desire (is) toward me. Come,

my beloved, let us go forth into the field ; let us lodge in the 12 villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards ; let us see if

the vine flourish, (whether) the tender grape appear, (and) the 13 pomegranates bud forth : there will I give thee my loves. The

mandrakes 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.

CHAP. VIII.

THAT thou (wert] as my brother, that sucked the

breasts of my mother! [when] I should find thee with2 out, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised. I would

lead thec, (and) bring thee into my mother's house, (who) would

instruct me : I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the 3 juice of my 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 stir not up, nor awake (my] 5 love until he please. Who [is] this that cometh up from the wil

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

brought thee forth [that] bear thee. · 6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm :

for love (is strong as death ; jealousy [is] cruel as the grave :

the coals thereof (are) coals of fire, (whicl bath] a most ve7 hement 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 sister, and she hath no breasts : what shall 9 we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for? If

she be) a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver : and 10 if she [be] a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar. I

[am] a wall, and my breasts like towers : then was I in his eyes 11 as one that found favour. Solomon had a vineyard at Baalha

mon : he let out the vineyard unto keepers ; every one for 12 the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand (pieces] of silver. My

vineyard, which [is] mine, [is] before me : thou, O Solomon,

[must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof 13 two bundred. Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the compan

ions hearken to thy voice : cause me to hear (it.) 14. Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a

young hart upon the mountains of spices.

Vol. V.

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