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The Bride and Bridegroom seek and find each other So is my love among the daugh Arise, my love, my fair one, and ters.

come away, 3 As the apple-tree among the trees 14 O my dove, that art in the clefts

of the rock, of the wood,

In the covert of the steep place, So is my beloved among the sons. Let me see thy countenance, Ilsat down under his shadow

Let me hear thy voice; with great delight,

For sweet is thy voice, and thy And his fruit was sweet to my countenance is comely.

4 He brought me to the ? banquet- 15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes,

That spoil the vineyards ;
And his banner over me was love.

For our vineyards are in blossom. 5 Stay ye me with 3 raisins, refresh 16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: me with apples ;

He feedeth his flock among the For I am sick from love.

lilies. 6 * His left hand is under my head, 17 'Until the day 10 be cool, and the And his right hand doth embrace shadows flee away, me.

Turn, my beloved, and be thou 7 I adjure you, O daughters of Je

like a roe or a young hart rusalem,

Upon the 11 mountains of 12 Be.
By the 5 roes, or by the hinds of

the field,
That ye stir not up, nor awake
my love,

By night on my bed

I sought him whom my soul lovUntil 6 he please.

eth: 8 The voice of my beloved ! behold,

I sought him, but I found him he cometh,

not. Leaping upon the mountains,

2 I said, I will rise now, and go Skipping upon the hills,

about the city; 9 My beloved is like a 7 roe or a

In the streets and in the broad

young hart:
Behold, he standeth behind our

I will seek him whom my soul

loveth : He looketh in at the windows;

I sought him, but I found him

not. He glanceth through the lattice.

3 The watchmen that go about the 10 My beloved spake, and said unto city found me; me,

To whom I said, Saw ye him Rise up, my love, my fair one, whom my soul loveth? and come away.

4 It was but a little that I passed il For, lo, the winter is past;

from them, The rain is over and gone;

When I found him whom my soul 12 The flowers appear on the earth ; loveth: The time of the 8 singing of birds I held him, and would not let him is come,

go, And the voice of the turtle-dove Until I had brought him into my is heard in our land;

mother's house, 13 The fig-tree ripeneth her green And into the chamber of her that figs,

conceived me. And the vines are in blossom ; They give forth their fragrance.

5 I adjure you, O daughters of Je

rusalem, 1 Heb. delighted and sat down &c. ? Heb, house of wine. 3 Heb. cakes of raisins.

9 Or, When the day is cool 4 Or, Let his left hand be $.c. 5 Or, gazelles

10 Or, break Heb. breathe. 6 Or, il Or, she

7 Or, gazelle

11 Or, mountains of separation 8 Or, pruing of vines

12 Perhaps, the spice malobathron.

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my love,

Praise of the Bride, and her Response, at the Marriage Feast By the roes, or by the hinds of Which are come up from the the field,

washing, That ye stir not up, nor awake 7 Whereof every one hath.twins,

And none is bereaved among Until ? he please.


3 Thy lips are like a thread of 6 Who is this that cometh up from scarlet, the wilderness

And thy 8 mouth is comely. Like pillars of smoke,

Thy temples are like a piece of a Perfumed with myrrh and frank pomegranate incense,

Behind thy 5 veil. With all powders of the mer 4 Thy neck is like the tower of chant?


Builded for an armory, 7 Behold, it is the litter of Solo Whereon there hang a thousand mon ;

bucklers, Threescore mighty men are about All the shields of the mighty it,

men. Of the mighty men of Israel. 5 Thy two breasts are like two 8 They all handle the sword, and fawns are expert in war:

That are twins of a 10 roe, Every man hath his sword upon Which feed among the lilies.

his thigh, Because of fear in the night. 6 Until the day be cool, and the 9 King Solomon made himself a

shadows flee away, 2 palanquin

I will get me to the mountain of Of the wood of Lebanon.

myrrh, 10 He made the pillars thereof of And to the hill of frankinsilver,

cense. The bottom thereof of gold, the seat of it of purple,

7 Thou art all fair, my love; The midst thereof being 3 paved And there is no spot in thee. with love,

8 Come with me from Lebanon, From the daughters of Jerusa

my bride, lem.

With me from Lebanon: 11 Go forth, O, ye daughters of 11 Look from the top of Amana,

Zion, and behold king Solo From the top of Senir and Hermon,

mon, With the crown wherewith his From the lions' dens, mother hath crowned him

From the mountains of the In the day of his espousals,

leopards. And in the day of the gladness 9 Thou hast 12 ravished my heart, of his heart.

my sister, my bride; Thou hast 12 ravished my heart

one of thine eyes, , ;

With one chain of thy neck.. 4 Thine eyes are as doves behind 10 How fair is thy love, my sister, thy 5 veil.

my bride! Thy hair is as a flock of goats, How much better is thy love That lie along the side of mount than wine! Gilead.

And the fragrance of thine oils 2 Thy teeth are like a flock of ewes than all manner of spices ! that are newly shorn,

7 Or, which are all of them in pairs - it Or, she 2 Or, car of state

8 Or, speech 9 Or, with turrets

10 Or, gazelle 4 Or, Thou hast doves' eyes 11 Or, Go 12 Or, giren me courage 6 Or, appear on mount Gilead 13 Or, one look from thine eyes

4 Behold, thou art fair

, my love ;

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The Bridegroom's Response. The Temporary Separation m the 11 Thy lips, O my bride, 'drop as My locks with the drops of the the honeycomb :

night. Honey and milk are under thy 3 I have put off my garment; how tongue;

shall I put it on? And the smell of thy garments is I have_washed my feet; how Pad i' like the smell of Lebanon.

shall I defile them? 12 A garden 2 shut up is my sister, 4 My beloved put in his hand by my bride;

the hole of the door, A spring shut up, a fountain

And my

8 heart was moved for sealed.

13 Thy shoots are 3 an orchard of 5 I rose, up to open to my be-

pomegranates, with precious loved ;

And my hands dropped with
Henna with spikenard plants,

myrrh, 14 Spikenard and saffron,

And my fingers with liquid Calamus and cinnamon, with all myrrh, trees of frankincense;

Upon the handles of the bolt. Myrrh and aloes, with all the 6 I opened to my beloved ; chief spices.

But my beloved had 9 withdrawn 15 Thou art a fountain of gardens,

himself, and was gone. A well of living waters,

My soul 10 had failed me when he And flowing streams from Leb spake:

I sought him, but I could not find

him ; 16 Awake, 0 north wind; and I called him, but he gave me no come, thou south;

answer. Blow upon my garden, that the 7 The watchmen that go about the spices thereof may flow out.

city found me, Let my beloved come into his They smote me, they wounded garden,

me; And eat his precious fruits.

The keepers of the walls took away my

mantle from me. 5

I am come into my garden, my 8 I adjure you, O daughters of
sister, my bride:

I have gathered my myrrh with If ye find my beloved,
my 4 spice;

12 That ye tell him, that I am I have eaten my honeycomb with sick from love.

my honey;
I have drunk my wine with my

9 What is thy beloved more than milk.

another beloved, Eat, О friends;

O thou fairest among women? Drink, yea, drink abundantly,

What is thy beloved more than 50 beloved.

another beloved,

That thou dost so adjure us? was asleep, but my


10 My beloved is white and ruddy, waked :

13 The chiefest among ten thouIt is the voice of my beloved that

sand. knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, 11 His head is as the most fine

His locks are For my head is filled with 'dew,

14 bushy, and

black as a raven, 1 Or, drop honey 2 Heb. barred. 3 Or, a paradise

8 Heb. bowels.

9 Or, turned away 5 Or, of love 10 Heb. went forth.

11 Or, veil 6 Or, sleep, but my heart waketh

12 Heb. What will ye tell him ?

That &c. 7 Heb. perfect.

13 Heb. Marked out by a banner. 14 Or, curling

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16 Or, made me like the chariots of Ammnadib



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Xutual Praise of the Bridegroom and the Bride 12 His eyes are like doves beside And none is bereaved among the water-brooks,

them. Washed with milk, and ifitly 7 Thy temples are like a piece of a set.

pomegranate 13 His cheeks are

of Behind thy veil. 2 spices,

8 There are threescore queens, and As 3 banks of sweet herbs :

fourscore concubines, His lips are as lilies, dropping And ll virgins without number. liguid myrrh.

9 My dove, my 12 undefiled, is but 14 His hands are as 4 rings of gold

set with 5 beryl:

She is the only one of her
His body is as ivory work mother;
Toverlaid with sapphires.

She is the 13 choice one of her that 15 His legs are as pillars of marble, bare her.

set upon sockets of fine gold: The daughters saw her, and His aspect is like Lebanon, called her blessed; excellent as the cedars.

Yea, the queens and the concu16 His 8 mouth is most sweet;

bines, and they praised her. Yea, be is altogether lovely, This is my beloved, and this is 10 Who is she that looketh forth as my friend,

the morning, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Fair as the moon,

14 Clear as the sun, 6

Whither is thy beloved gone, Terrible as an army with ban-
O thou fairest among women?

Whither hath thy beloved turned

11 I went down into the garden of That we may seek him with thee?


To see the green plants of the 2 My beloved is gone down to his valley, garden,

To see whether the vine budded, To the beds of 2 spices,

And the pomegranates were in To feed in the gardens, and flower, to gather lilies.

12 Before I was aware, my 15 soul 3 I am my beloved's, and my be

loved is mine: He feedeth his flock among the

Among the chariots of my

17 princely people. lilies. 4 Thou art fair, O my love, as

*13 Return, return, O Shulammite;

Return, return, that we may look

upon thee.
Comely as Jerusalem,
Terrible as an army with banners. Why will


look upon 5 Turn away thine eyes from me, lammite,

For they to have overcome me.
Thy hair is as a flock of goats,

As upon the dance 18 of Maha

naim? That lie along the side of Gilead. 6 Thy teeth are like a flock of


How beautiful are thy 19 feet in
Which are

sandals, O prince's daughter!
come up from the

Thy rounded thighs are like
Whereof every one hath twins,


* Ch. 7.1 in Heb. 1 Or, sitting by full streams 2 Or, balsam

11 Or, maidens 3 Or, towers of perfumes 4 Or, cylinders 14 Or, Pure 5 Or, topaz

15 Or, desire 6 Or, bright ivory 7 Or, encrusted 8 Or, speech Heb. palate. 17 Or, willing Hieb, bannered hosts. 10'Or, make me afraid

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12 Heb, perfect. 13 Or, pure

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Union of the Bridegroom and the Bride in Invincible Love
The work of the hands of a skil Let us see whether the vine hath
ful workman.

2 Thy body is like a round goblet,. And 5 its blosso

om is open,
Wherein no mingled wine is And the pom

hegranates are in wanting :

flower: Thy waist is like a heap of wheat

There will I give thee my love. Set about with lilies.

13 The mandrakes give forth fra3 Thy two breasts are like two grance; fawns

And 6 at our do

ors are all manner That are twins of a roe.

of precious fruits, new and old, 4 Thy neck is like the tower of

Which I have laid up for thee ivory :

O my belovec.
Thine eyes as the pools in Hesh- 8 Oh that. thoi wert my

That sucked the breasts of my
By the gate of Bath-rabbim;
Thy nose is like the tower of mother!

When I should find thee without,
Which looketh toward Damas I would kiss


Yea, and none vould despise me. 5 Thy head upon thee is like Car 2 I would lead mel,

er's house, And the hair of thy head like 7 Who would ing

1sztruct me; purple;

I would cause thee to drink of The king is held captive in the spiced wine, tresses thereof:

Of the 8 juice of 6 How fair and how pleasant art

3 His left hand should be under my

my pornegranate. thou, O love, for delights!

Anda his right hand should em7 This thy stature is like to a palm

brace me. tree,

4 I adjure you, o daughters of And thy breasts to its clusters. Jerusalem, 8 I said, I will climb up into the

9 That ye stir ngt up, nor awake
I will take hold of the branches Until 10 he please.

Let thy breasts be as clusters of 5 Who is this that

cometh up from the vine,

the wilderness,
And the smell of thy I breath

Leaning upon her beloved ?
like apples,
9 And thy 2 mouth like the best Under the apple-

tree I awakened wine,


There thy mother was in travail That goeth down 3 smoothly for

with thee, my beloved,

There was she ir
“Gliding through the lips of

brought thee forth.
those that are asleep.
10 I am my beloved's;

6 Set me as a seal upolvily heart, And his desire is toward me.

As a seal upon thine arm: 11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth

For love is strong as death;
into the field;

Jealousy is 12 cruel as Sheol';
Let us lodge in the villages.

The flashes thereof are flashes of 12 Let us get up early to the vine fire, yards;

5 Or, the tender grape appeareth 6 Or, over 2 Heb. palate. 3 Heb. aright.

7 Or, Thut thou mightest 4 Or, Causing the lips of those that are asleep

9 Heb. Why should ye stir up or why 80.

10 Or, it Or, she iï Or, and 12 Heb.hat

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