Pretty Song of Songs

This reminds me that some loves (particularly the God-blessed) are worth waiting for...

  I am a rose of Sharon, A lily of the valleys.

2:2  As a lily among thorns, So is my love among the daughters. Beloved

2:3  As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, So is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, His fruit was sweet to my taste.

2:4  He brought me to the banquet hall. His banner over me is love.

2:5  Strengthen me with raisins, Refresh me with apples; For I am faint with love.

2:6  His left hand is under my head. His right hand embraces me.

2:7  I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, By the roes, or by the hinds of the field, That you not stir up, nor awaken love, Until it so desires.

2:8  The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, Leaping on the mountains, Skipping on the hills.

2:9  My beloved is like a roe or a young hart. Behold, he stands behind our wall! He looks in at the windows. He glances through the lattice.

2:10  My beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise up, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.

2:11  For, behold, the winter is past. The rain is over and gone.

2:12  The flowers appear on the earth; The time of the singing has come, And the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land.

2:13  The fig tree ripens her green figs. The vines are in blossom; They give forth their fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, And come away. Lover

2:14  My dove in the clefts of the rock, In the hiding places of the mountainside, Let me see your face. Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

2:15  Catch for us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vineyards; For our vineyards are in blossom. Beloved

2:16  My beloved is mine, and I am his. He browses among the lilies.

2:17  Until the day is cool, and the shadows flee away, Turn, my beloved, And be like a roe or a young hart on the mountains of Bether.


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