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THE SONG OF SOLOMON.

CHAP. I.

11 We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.

12 While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.

13 A bundle of myrrh is my well beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

14 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of En-gedi.

15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.

16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.

17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.

CHAP. II.

The song of songs, which is Solomon's.

2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth : for thy love is better than wine.

3 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.

4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

5 I am black, but comely, 0 ye daughters of Jerusalen, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

6 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.

7 Tell me, Othou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions ?

8 If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.

9 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.

10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.

I Am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.

2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. . 4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

5 Stay me with fagons, comfort me with apples : for I am sick of love.

6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.

7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till be please.

8 The voice of my beloved ! be- || my soul loveth : I sought him, but I hold, he cometh leaping upon the found him not. mountains, skipping upon the hills. 3 The watchmen that go about

9 My beloved is like a roe or a the city found me: to whom I said, young hart: behold, he standeth Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? behind our wall, he looketh forth 4 It was but a little that I passed at the windows, shewing himself from them, but I found him whom through the lattice.

my soul loveth: I held him, and 10 My beloved spake, and said would not let him go, until I had unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair brought him into my mother's house, one, and come away.

and into the chamber of her that 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the conceived me. rain is over and gone;

5 I charge you, O ye daughters 12 The flowers appear on the of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by earth; the time of the singing of the hinds of the field, that ye stir not birds is come, and the voice of the up, nor awake my love, till he please. turtle is heard in our land;

6 Who is this that cometh out of 13 The fig tree putteth forth her the wilderness like pillars of smoke, green figs, and the vines with the perfumed with myrrh and frankintender grape give a good smell. cense, with all powders of the merArise, my love, my fair one, and chant? come away.

7 Behold his bed, which is Solo14 O my dove, that art in the mon's; threescore valiant men are clefts of the rock, in the secret places about it, of the valiant of Israel. of the stairs, let me see thy counte 8 They all hold swords, being exnance, let me hear thy voice; for pert in war: every man hath his sweet is thy voice, and thy counte sword upon his thigh because of nance is comely.

fear in the night. 15 Take us the foxes, the little 9 King Solomon made himself a foxes, that spoil the vines : for our chariot of the wood of Lebanon. vines have tender grapes.

10 He made the pillars thereof 16 My beloved is mine, and I am of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, his: he feedeth among the lilies. the covering of it of purple, the

17 Until the day break, and the midst thereof being paved with love, shadows flee away, turn, my be for the daughters of Jerusalem. loved, and be thou like a roe or a 11 Go forth, O ye daughters of young hart upon the mountains of Zion, and behold king Solomon with Bether.

the crown wherewith his mother

crowned him in the day of his CHAP. III.

espousals, and in the day of the

gladness of his heart. By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him,

CHAP. IV. but I found him not. 2 I will rise now, and go about

BEHOLD, thou art fair, my love; the city in the streets, and in the behold, thou art fair; thou hust broad ways I will seek him whom doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that ap Il pomegranates, with pleasant fruits ; pear from mount Gilead.

camphire, with spikenard, 2 Thy teeth are like a flock of 14 Spikenard and saffron; calasheep that are even shorn, which came mus and cinnamon, with all trees of up from the washing; whereof every frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with one bear twins, and none is barren all the chief spices : among them.

15 A fountain of gardens, a well 3 Thy lips are like a thread of of living waters, and streams from scarlet, and thy speech is comely: Lebanon. thy temples are like a piece of a | 16 Awake, O north wind; and pomegranate within thy locks. come, thou south; blow upon my

4 Thy neck is like the tower of garden, that the spices thereof may David builded for an armoury, flow out. Let my beloved come whereon there hang a thousand into his garden, and eat his pleasant bucklers, all shields of mighty men. fruits.

5 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which

CHAP. V. feed among the lilies. 6 Until the day break, and the

I Am come into my garden, my shadows flee away, I will get me to sister, my spouse: I have gathered the mountain of myrrh, and to the my myrrh with my spice; I have bill of frankincense.

eaten my honeycomb with my ho7 Thou art all fair, my love; there ney; I have drunk my wine with is no spot in thee.

my milk : eat, О friends ; drink, yea, 8 Come with me from Lebanon, drink abundantly, O beloved. my spouse, with me from Lebanon : 2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: look from the top of Amana, from it is the voice of my beloved that the top of Shenir and Hermon, from knocketh, saying, Open to me, my the lions' dens, from the mountains sister, my love, my dove, my undeof the leopards.

filed: for my head is filled with 9 Thou hast ravished my heart, dew, and my locks with the drops my sister, my spouse; thou hast of the night. ravished my heart with one of thine 3 I have put off my coat; how eyes, with one chain of thy neck. shall I put it on? I have washed

10 How fair is thy love, my sister, my feet; how shall I defile them? my spouse ! how much better is thy 4 My beloved put in his hand by love than wine! and the smell of the hole of the door, and my bowels thine ointments than all spices ! were moved for him.

11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop 5 I rose up to open to my belovas the honeycomb: honey and milk ed; and my hands dropped with are under thy tongue; and the smell myrrh, and my fingers with sweet of thy garments is like the smell of smelling myrrh, upon the handles Lebanon.

of the lock. 12 A garden inclosed is my sister, 6 I opened to my beloved; but my spouse; a spring shut up, a foun my beloved had withdrawn himself, tain sealed.

and was gone: my soul failed when 13 Thy plants are an orchard of he spake : I sought him, but I could me.

sand.

not find him; I called him, but he 2 My beloved is gone down into gave me no answer.

his garden, to the beds of spices, to 7 The watchmen that went about feed in the gardens, and to gather the city found me, they smote me, lilies. they wounded me; the keepers of 3 I am my beloved's, and my bethe walls took away my veil from loved is mine: he feedeth among

the lilies. 8 I charge you, O daughters of 4 Thou art beautiful, O my love, Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terthat ye tell him, that I um sick of rible as an army with banners. love.

5 Turn away thine eyes from me, 9 What is thy beloved more than for they have overcome me: thy another beloved, O thou fairest a hair is as a flock of goats that apmong women? what is thy beloved pear from Gilead. more than another beloved, that thou 6 Thy teeth are as a flock of dost so charge us ?

sheep which go up from the wash10 My beloved is white and rud ing, whereof every one beareth dy, the chiefest among ten thou twins, and there is not one barren

among them. 11 His head is as the most fine 7 As a piece of a pomegranate gold, his locks are bushy, and black are thy temples within thy locks. as a raven.

8 There are threescore queens, 12 His eyes are as the eyes of and fourscore concubines, and virdoves by the rivers of waters, wash gins without number. ed with milk, and fitly set.

9 My dove, my undefiled is but 13 His cheeks are as a bed of one ; she is the only one of her mospices, as sweet flowers: his lips ther, she is the choice one of her like lilies, dropping sweet smelling that bare her. The daughters saw myrrh.

her, and blessed her; yea, the queens 14 His hands are as gold rings and the concubines, and they praisset with the beryl: his belly is as ed her. bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. 10 Who is she that looketh forth

15 His legs are as pillars of mar as the morning, fair as the moon, ble, set upon sockets of fine gold : clear as the sun, and terrible as an his countenance is as Lebanon, ex army with banners ? cellent as the cedars.

11 I went down into the garden 16 His mouth is most sweet : yea, of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, he is altogether lovely. This is my and to see whether the vine flourishbeloved, and this is my friend, o ed, and the pomegranates budded. daughters of Jerusalem..

12 Or ever I was aware, my soul

made me like the chariots of AmmiCH AP. VI.

nadib.

13 Return, return, O Shulamite; WHITHER is thy beloved gone, return, return, that we may look upO thou fairest among women? whi on thee. What will ye see in the ther is thy beloved turned aside? Shulamite? As it were the company that we may seek him with thee. of two armies.

- CHAP. VII.

13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.

How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.

2 Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.

3 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.

4 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim : thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.

5 Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.

6 How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!

7 This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

8 I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples ;

9 And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.

10 I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.

11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.

12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.

CHAP. VIII. O That thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.

2 I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.

3 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.

5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved ? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth : there she brought thee forth that bare thee.

6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm : for love is strong as death ; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement fame.

7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the foods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

8 We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts : what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?

9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if

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