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Draw me after you, let us run!
    May the king bring me into his chambers![a]
Let us be joyful and let us rejoice in you;
    let us extol your love more than wine.
        Rightly do they love you!

Maiden’s Self-Description

I am black but beautiful,[b] O maidens of Jerusalem,[c]
    like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.
Do not gaze at me because I am black, [d]
    because the sun has stared at me.
The sons of my mother were angry with me;
    they made me keeper of the vineyards,
        but my own “vineyard”[e] I did not keep.

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Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 1:4 Or “The king has brought me into his chambers”
  2. Song of Solomon 1:5 Or “black and beautiful”
  3. Song of Solomon 1:5 Literally “O daughters of Jerusalem”
  4. Song of Solomon 1:6 This is figurative for the maiden’s physical appearance; her skin was darkly tanned
  5. Song of Solomon 1:6 Literally “my vineyard that for me”

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