Let him kiss me
with the kiss of his mouth: for thy breasts are better than wine,
smelling sweet of the best ointments. Thy name is as oil poured out:
therefore young maidens have loved thee. Draw me: we will run after
thee to the odour of thy ointments. The king hath brought me into his
storerooms: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, remembering thy
breasts more than wine: the righteous love thee.
I am black but beautiful, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of
Cedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Do not consider me that I am brown,
because the sun hath altered my colour: the sons of my mother have
fought against me, they have made me the keeper in the vineyards: my
vineyard I have not kept. Shew me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where
thou feedest, where thou liest in the midday, lest I begin to wander
after the flocks of thy companions. If thou know not thyself, O fairest
among women, go forth, and follow after the steps of the flocks, and
feed thy kids beside the tents of the shepherds.
To my company of horsemen, in Pharao's chariots, have I likened thee, O
my love. Thy cheeks are beautiful as the turtledove's, thy neck as
jewels. We will make thee chains of gold, inlaid with silver. While the
king was at his repose, my spikenard sent forth the odour thereof. A
bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, he shall abide between my breasts.
A cluster of cypress my love is to me, in the vineyards of Engaddi.
Behold thou art fair, O my love, behold thou art fair, thy eyes are as
those of doves. Behold thou art fair, my beloved, and comely.
Our bed is flourishing.The beams of our houses are of cedar, our
rafters of cypress trees.
I am the flower
of the field, and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so
is my love among the daughters.
As the apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among
the sons. I sat down under his shadow, whom I desired: and his fruit
was sweet to my palate. He brought me into the cellar of wine, he set
in order charity in me. Stay me up with flowers, compass me about with
apples: because I languish with love. His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand shall embrace me.
I adjure you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and the harts
of the, fields, that you stir not up, nor make the beloved to awake,
till she please.
The voice of my beloved, behold he cometh leaping upon the mountains,
skipping over the hills. My beloved is like a roe, or a young hart.
Behold he standeth behind our wall, looking through the windows,
looking through the lattices. Behold my beloved speaketh to me: Arise,
make haste, my love, my dove, my beautiful one, and come. For winter is
now past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers have appeared in our
land, the time of pruning is come: the voice of the turtle is heard in
our land: The fig tree hath put forth her green figs: the vines in
flower yield their sweet smell. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and
come: My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow places of the
wall, shew me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears: for thy voice
is sweet, and thy face comely. Catch us the little foxes that destroy
the vines: for our vineyard hath flourished. My beloved to me, and I to
him who feedeth among the lilies, till the day break, and the shadows
retire. Return: be like, my beloved, to a roe, or to a young hart upon
the mountains of Bether.
In my bed by
night I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, and found him
not. I will rise, and will go about the city: in the streets and the
broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, and I
found him not. The watchmen who keep the city, found me: Have you seen
him, whom my soul loveth? When I had a little passed by them, I found
him whom my soul loveth: I held him: and I will not let him go, till I
bring him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that bore
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes and the harts of
the fields, that you stir not up, nor awake my beloved, till she
please. Who is she that goeth up by the desert, as a pillar of smoke of
aromatical spices, of myrrh, and frankincense, and of all the powders
of the perfumer? Behold threescore valiant ones of the most valiant of
Israel, surrounded the bed of Solomon? All holding swords, and most
expert in war: every man's sword upon his thigh, because of fears in
King Solomon hath made him a litter of the wood of Libanus: The pillars
thereof he made of silver, the seat of gold, the going up of purple:
the midst he covered with charity for the daughters of Jerusalem. Go
forth, ye daughters of Sion, and see king Solomon in the diadem,
wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in
the day of the joy of his heart.
art thou, my love, how beautiful art thou! thy eyes are doves' eyes,
besides what is hid within. Thy hair is as flocks of goats, which Come
up from mount Galaad. Thy teeth as flocks of sheep, that are shorn
which come up from the washing, all with twins, and there is none
barren among them. Thy lips are as a scarlet lace: and thy speech
sweet. Thy cheeks are as a piece of a pomegranate, besides that which
lieth hid within. Thy neck, is as the tower of David, which is built
with bulwarks: a thousand bucklers hang upon it, all the armour of
valiant men. Thy two breasts like two young roes that are twins, which
feed among the lilies. Till the day break, and the shadows retire, I
will go to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.
Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee. Come
from Libanus, my spouse, come from Libanus, come: thou shalt be crowned
from the top of Amana, from the top of Sanir and Hermon, from the dens
of the lions, from the mountains of the leopards. Thou hast wounded my
heart, my sister, my spouse, thou hast wounded my heart with one of thy
eyes, and with one hair of thy neck. How beautiful are thy breasts, my
sister, my spouse! thy breasts are more beautiful than wine, and the
sweet smell of thy ointments above all aromatical spices. Thy lips, my
spouse, are as a dropping honeycomb, honey and milk are under thy
tongue; and the smell of thy garments, as the smell of frankincense.
My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, a garden enclosed, a
fountain sealed up. Thy plants are a paradise of pomegranates with the
fruits of the orchard. Cypress with spikenard. Spikenard and saffron,
sweet cane and cinnamon, with all the trees of Libanus, myrrh and aloes
with all the chief perfumes. The fountain of gardens: the well of
living waters, which run with a strong stream from Libanus. Arise, O
north wind, and come, O south wind, blow through my garden, and let the
aromatical spices thereof flow.
Let my beloved
come into his garden, and eat the fruit of his apple trees.
I am come into my garden, O my sister, my spouse, I have gathered my
myrrh, with my aromatical spices: I have eaten the honeycomb with my
honey, I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends, and drink,
and be inebriated, my dearly beloved. I sleep, and my heart watcheth;
the voice of my beloved knocking: Open to me, my sister, my love, my
dove, my undefiled: for my head is full of dew, and my locks of the
drops of the nights. I have put off my garment, how shall I put it on?
I have washed my feet, how shall I defile them?
My beloved put his hand through the key hole, and my bowels were moved
at his touch. I arose up to open to my beloved: my hands dropped with
myrrh, and my fingers were full of the choicest myrrh. I opened the
bolt of my door to my beloved: but he had turned aside, and was gone.
My soul melted when he spoke: I sought him, and found him not: I
called, and he did not answer me. The keepers that go about the city
found me: they struck me: and wounded me: the keepers of the walls took
away my veil from me. I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you
find my beloved, that you tell him that I languish with love.
What manner of one is thy beloved of the beloved, O thou most beautiful
among women? what manner of one is thy beloved of the beloved, that
thou hast so adjured us? My beloved is white and ruddy, chosen out of
thousands. His head is as the finest gold: his locks as branches of
palm trees, black as a raven. His eyes as doves upon brooks of waters,
which are washed with milk, and sit beside the plentiful streams. His
cheeks are as beds of aromatical spices set by the perfumers. His lips
are as lilies dropping choice myrrh. His hands are turned and as of
gold, full of hyacinths. His belly as of ivory, set with sapphires. His
legs as pillars of marble, that are set upon bases of gold. His form as
of Libanus, excellent as the cedars. His throat most sweet, and he is
all lovely: such is my beloved, and he is my friend, O ye daughters of
Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? whither
is thy beloved turned aside, and we will seek him with thee?
My beloved is
gone down into his garden, to the bed of aromatical spices, to feed in
the gardens, and to gather lilies. I to my beloved, and my beloved to
me, who feedeth among the lilies. Thou art beautiful, O my love, sweet
and comely as Jerusalem: terrible as an army set in array. Turn away
thy eyes from me, for they have made me flee away. Thy hair is as a
flock of goats, that appear from Galaad. Thy teeth as a flock of sheep,
which come up from the washing, all with twins, and there is none
barren among them. Thy cheeks are as the bark of a pomegranate, beside
what is hidden within thee.
There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and young
maidens without number. One is my dove, my perfect one is but one, she
is the only one of her mother, the chosen of her that bore her. The
daughters saw her, and declared her most blessed: the queens and
concubines, and they praised her. Who is she that cometh forth as the
morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an
army set in array?
I went down into the garden of nuts, to see the fruits of the valleys,
and to look if the vineyard had flourished, and the pomegranates
budded. I knew not: my soul troubled me for the chariots of Aminadab.
Return, return, O Sulamitess: return, return that we may behold thee.
What shalt thou
see in the Sulamitess but the companies of camps? How beautiful are thy
steps in shoes, O prince's daughter! The joints of thy thighs are like
jewels, that are made by the hand of a skillful workman. Thy navel is
like a round bowl never wanting cups. Thy belly is like a heap of
wheat, set about with lilies. Thy two breasts are like two young roes
that are twins. Thy neck as a tower of ivory. Thy eyes like the
fishpools in Hesebon, which are in the gate of the daughter of the
multitude. Thy nose is as the tower of Libanus, that looketh toward
Damascus. Thy head is like Carmel: and the hairs of thy head as the
purple of the king bound in the channels.
How beautiful art thou, and how comely, my dearest, in delights! Thy
stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.
I said: I will go up into the palm tree, and will take hold of the
fruit thereof: and thy breasts shall be as the clusters of the vine:
and the odour of thy mouth like apples. Thy throat like the best wine,
worthy for my beloved to drink, and for his lips and his teeth to
I to my beloved, and his turning is towards me. Come, my beloved, let
us go forth into the field, let us abide in the villages. Let us get up
early to the vineyards, let us see if the vineyard flourish, if the
flowers be ready to bring forth fruits, if the pomegranates flourish:
there will I give thee my breasts. The mandrakes give a smell. In our
gates are all fruits: the new and the old, my beloved, I have kept for
Who shall give
thee to me for my brother, sucking the breasts of my mother, that I may
find thee without, and kiss thee, and now no man may despise me? I will
take hold of thee, and bring thee into my mother's house: there thou
shalt teach me, and I will give thee a cup of spiced wine and new wine
of my pomegranates. His left hand under my head, and his right hand
shall embrace me.
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you stir not up, nor awake
my love till she please. Who is this that cometh up from the desert,
flowing with delights, leaning upon her beloved? Under the apple tree I
raised thee up: there thy mother was corrupted, there she was
deflowered that bore thee. Put me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal
upon thy arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy as hard as hell,
the lamps thereof are fire and flames. Many waters cannot quench
charity, neither can the floods drown it: if a man should give all the
substance of his house for love, he shall despise it as nothing.
Our sister is little, and hath no breasts. What shall we do to our
sister in the day when she is to be spoken to? If she be a wall: let us
build upon it bulwarks of silver: if she be a door, let us join it
together with boards or cedar. I am a wall: and my breasts are as a
tower since I am become in his presence as one finding peace.
The peaceable had a vineyard, in that which hath people: he let out the
same to keepers, every man bringeth for the fruit thereof a thousand
pieces of silver. My vineyard is before me. A thousand are for thee,
the peaceable, and two hundred for them that keep the fruit thereof.
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the friends hearken: make me hear
thy voice. Flee away, O my beloved, and be like to the roe, and to the
young hart upon the mountains of aromatical spices.