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13 My lover[a] is to me a sachet of myrrh;
    between my breasts he lies.
14 My lover is to me a cluster of henna[b]
    from the vineyards of En-gedi.
15 M(A) How beautiful you are, my friend,
    how beautiful! your eyes are doves![c]

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Footnotes

  1. 1:13 My lover: the woman’s favorite term for her partner (used twenty-seven times). Myrrh: an aromatic resin of balsam or roses used in cosmetics, incense, and medicines.
  2. 1:14 Henna: a plant which bears white scented flowers, used in cosmetics and medicines. En-gedi: a Judean desert oasis overlooking the Dead Sea.
  3. 1:15 Doves: doves are pictured in the ancient world as messengers of love.
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