1 I [am] the rose of Sharon, [And] the lily of the valleys. THE BELOVED
2 Like a lily among thorns, So is my love among the daughters. THE SHULAMITE
3 Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, So [is] my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, And his fruit [was] sweet to my taste. THE SHULAMITE TO THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM
4 He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me [was] love.
5 Sustain me with cakes of raisins, Refresh me with apples, For I [am] lovesick.
6 His left hand [is] under my head, And his right hand embraces me.
7 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the does of the field, Do not stir up nor awaken love Until it pleases. THE SHULAMITE
8 The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, Gazing through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke, and said to me: "Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away.
11 For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over [and] gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth her green figs, And the vines [with] the tender grapes Give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away!
14 "O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret [places] of the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice [is] sweet, And your face [is] lovely." HER BROTHERS
15 Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines [have] tender grapes. THE SHULAMITE
16 My beloved [is] mine, and I [am] his. He feeds [his flock] among the lilies. (TO HER BELOVED)
17 Until the day breaks And the shadows flee away, Turn, my beloved, And be like a gazelle Or a young stag Upon the mountains of Bether. THE SHULAMITE
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