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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.
thou (art] fair ; thou (haft] 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) fhorn, which came up from
the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none 3 [is] barren among them. Thy lips [are) like a thread
of scarlet, and thy speech [is] comely: thy temples
[are] 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 ỹ 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 .. thy love, my fifter, (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] spouse ; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Thy
plants (are) an orchard of pomegranates, with plea14 fant fruits; camphire, with fpikenard, Spikenard and
saffron ; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief
15 spices : A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters,
and streams 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.
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I 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 fifter, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head
is filled with dew, Cand] my locks with the drops of the 3 night. I have put off my coat; how shall I put it op? 4 I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? My
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 foul 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 daughters of Jerusalem, if ye
find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I [am] fick of love. 9 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 11 among ten thousand. His head [is as] the most fine
gold, his locks Care] bushy, [and] black as a raven,
12 His eyes (are) as the eyes] of doves by the rivers of 13 waters, washed with milk, [and] fitly set. His cheeks
[are) as a bed of spices, [as] sweet flowers: his lips 14 (like) 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
göld: his countenance [is] as Lebanon, excellent as 16 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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is beloved gone faireft
among 2 turned aside that we 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 gather lilies. I [am] my beloved's, and my beloved [is] mine : he feedeth among the lilies.
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 [are] 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] onę; the [is] the [only] one of her mother, the [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] I terrible as (an army) with banners ? I went down into
the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, [and]
to see whether the vine flourished, [and] the pomegra12 nates budded. Or ever I was aware, my soul made 13 me [like) the chariots of Ammi-nadib. Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look
thee. What will you see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.
CH A P. VII.
daughter! the joints of thy thighs [are) 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 set about with lilies. Thy two breasts [are) like 4 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 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 7 love, for delights! This thy stature is like to à 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 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.
I sam] my beloved's, and his desire [is] toward me. 11 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
CHA P. VIII.
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 stir not up, 5 nor awake (my) love, until he please. Who [is] this that cometh
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] Arong as death; jealousy [is] cruel
as the grave: the coals thereof (are] coals of fire, 7 [wþich hath) a moft vehement flame. Many waters
cannot quench love, neither can the foods 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 filver: and if the [be] a door, we will 10 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 thousand (pieces] 12 of filver. My vineyard, which [is] mine, [is] before
me : thou, O Solomon, (must have) a thousand, and 33 those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred. Thou
that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear [it.]
Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young lart upon the mountains of spices.