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

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

As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood,
So is my beloved among the sons.
I [c]sat down under his shadow with great delight,
And his fruit was sweet to my taste.
He brought me to the [d]banqueting-house,
And his banner over me was love.
Stay ye me with [e]raisins, refresh me with apples;
For I am sick from love.
[f]His left hand is under my head,
And his right hand doth embrace me.

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
By the [g]roes, or by the hinds of the field,
That ye stir not up, nor awake my love,
Until [h]he please.

The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh,
Leaping upon the mountains,
Skipping upon the hills.
My beloved is like a [i]roe or a young hart:
Behold, he standeth behind our wall;
He looketh in at the windows;
He glanceth through the lattice.

10 My beloved spake, and said unto 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 the [j]singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land;
13 The fig-tree ripeneth her green figs,
And the vines are in blossom;
They give forth their fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock,
In the covert of the steep place,
Let me see thy countenance,
Let me hear thy voice;
For sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes,
That spoil the vineyards;
For our vineyards are in blossom.
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his:
He feedeth his flock among the lilies.
17 [k]Until the day [l]be cool, and the shadows flee away,
Turn, my beloved, and be thou like a [m]roe or a young hart
Upon the [n]mountains of [o]Bether.

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 2:1 Hebrew habazzeleth, the autumn crocus.
  2. Song of Solomon 2:1 Or, the plain
  3. Song of Solomon 2:3 Hebrew delighted and sat down etc.
  4. Song of Solomon 2:4 Hebrew house of wine.
  5. Song of Solomon 2:5 Hebrew cakes of raisins.
  6. Song of Solomon 2:6 Or, Let his left hand be etc.
  7. Song of Solomon 2:7 Or, gazelles
  8. Song of Solomon 2:7 Or, it. Or, she
  9. Song of Solomon 2:9 Or, gazelle
  10. Song of Solomon 2:12 Or, pruning of vines
  11. Song of Solomon 2:17 Or, When the day is cool
  12. Song of Solomon 2:17 Or, break. Hebrew breathe.
  13. Song of Solomon 2:17 Or, gazelle
  14. Song of Solomon 2:17 Or, mountains of separation
  15. Song of Solomon 2:17 Perhaps, the spice malobathron

She[a]

I am a rose[b](A) of Sharon,(B)
    a lily(C) of the valleys.

He

Like a lily among thorns
    is my darling among the young women.

She

Like an apple[c] tree among the trees of the forest
    is my beloved(D) among the young men.
I delight(E) to sit in his shade,
    and his fruit is sweet to my taste.(F)
Let him lead me to the banquet hall,(G)
    and let his banner(H) over me be love.
Strengthen me with raisins,
    refresh me with apples,(I)
    for I am faint with love.(J)
His left arm is under my head,
    and his right arm embraces me.(K)
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you(L)
    by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love
    until it so desires.(M)

Listen! My beloved!
    Look! Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
    bounding over the hills.(N)
My beloved is like a gazelle(O) or a young stag.(P)
    Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
    peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me,
    “Arise, my darling,
    my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
    is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;(Q)
    the blossoming(R) vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
    my beautiful one, come with me.”

He

14 My dove(S) in the clefts of the rock,
    in the hiding places on the mountainside,
show me your face,
    let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
    and your face is lovely.(T)
15 Catch for us the foxes,(U)
    the little foxes
that ruin the vineyards,(V)
    our vineyards that are in bloom.(W)

She

16 My beloved is mine and I am his;(X)
    he browses among the lilies.(Y)
17 Until the day breaks
    and the shadows flee,(Z)
turn, my beloved,(AA)
    and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag(AB)
    on the rugged hills.[d](AC)

Footnotes

  1. Song of Songs 2:1 Or He
  2. Song of Songs 2:1 Probably a member of the crocus family
  3. Song of Songs 2:3 Or possibly apricot; here and elsewhere in Song of Songs
  4. Song of Songs 2:17 Or the hills of Bether

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