THE SONG OF SONGS
B 2 Let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth!
More delightful is your love than wine!
Your name spoken is a spreading perfume –
that is why the maidens love you.
D We will follow you eagerly!
B Bring me, O king, to your chambers.
D With you we rejoice and exult,
we extol your love; it is beyond wine:
how rightly you are loved!
B 3 I am as dark-but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem –
As the tents of Kedar,
as the curtains of Salma.
4 Do not stare at me because I am swarthy,
because the sun has burned me.
My brothers have been angry with me;
they charged me with the care of the vineyards:
my own vineyard I have not cared for.
B 5 Tell me, you whom my heart loves,
where you pasture your flock,
where you give them rest at midday,
Lest I be found wandering
after the flocks of your companions.
G If you do not know,
O most beautiful among women,
Follow the tracks of the flock
and pasture the young ones
near the shepherds’ camps.
G 6 To the steeds of Pharaoh’s chariots
would I liken you, my beloved:
Your cheeks lovely in pendants,
your neck in jewels.
We will make pendants of gold for you,
and silver ornaments.
B 7 For the king’s banquet
my nard gives forth its fragrance.
8 My lover is for me a sachet of myrrh
to rest in my bosom.
9 My lover is for me a cluster of henna
from the vineyards of Engedi.
G 10 Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved,
ah, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves!
B 11 Ah, you are beautiful, my lover –
yes, you are lovely.
Our couch, too, is verdant;
the beams of our house are cedars,
our rafters, cypresses.
1 I am a flower of Sharon,
a lily of the valley.
G As a lily among thorns,
so is my beloved among women.
B As an apple tree among the trees of the woods,
so is my lover among men.
I delight to rest in his shadow,
and his fruit is sweet to my mouth.
2 He brings me into the banquet hall
and his emblem over me is love.
Strengthen me with raisin cakes,
refresh me with apples,
for I am faint with love.
His left hand is under my head
and his right arm embraces me.
3 I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles and hinds of the field,
Do not arouse, do not stir up love
before its own time.
B 4 Hark! my lover-here he comes
springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Here he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattices.
My lover speaks; he says to me,
“Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one,
“For see, the winter is past,
the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of pruning the vines has come,
and the song of the dove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance.
Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one,
5 “O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.”
B 6 Catch us the foxes, the little foxes
that damage the vineyards; for our vineyards are in bloom!
My lover belongs to me and I to him;
he browses among the lilies.
7 Until the day breathes cool and the shadows lengthen,
roam, my lover,
Like a gazelle or a young stag
upon the mountains of Bether.
1  Flower of Sharon: probably the narcissus, which grows in the fertile Plain of Sharon lying between Mount Carmel and Jaffa on the Mediterranean coast.
2 [4-6] The banquet hall: the sweet things of the table, the embrace of the bride and bridegroom, express the delicacy of their affection and the intimacy of their love.
3  By the gazelles and hinds: the swiftness of these animals and the luster and soft expression of their eyes are suggestive of love; cf ⇒ Proverb 5:19.
4 [8-13] In this sudden change of scene, the bride pictures her lover hastening toward her dwelling until his voice is heard bidding her come to him.
5  The bride is addressed as though she were a dove in a mountain fastness out of sight and reach.
7  Breathes cool: in the evening when the sun is going down. Cf ⇒ Genesis 3:8. Bether: a very obscure word; some interpret it in the sense of ruggedness; others, of spices; still others, of sacrifice (⇒ Genesis 15:10).