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14 A cluster of cypress is my beloved unto me,
[Such as is] in the vineyards of En-gedi.
SECTION III. [2d Morning.)
BRIDEGROOM. 15 Behold thou art beautiful, my consort : Behold thou art beautiful! thine eyes are doves.
SPOUSE. 16 Behold thou art beautiful, my beloved ;
And the Brutine trees our rafters.
SPOUSE. 3 As a citron tree among the trees of the
And his fruit was sweet unto my taste. 4. He brought me into the house of wine,
And his banner over me was love. 5. Support me with refreshments ;
Strew citrons round me, • For I am sick of love.' 6 His left hand was under
And his right hand embraced me,
7 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, Before the antelopes, and before the hinds of
the field, That
disturb not, nor awake This lovely one until she please,
SECTION IV. [2d Evening:]
SPOUSE. 8 The voice of my beloved ! behold, he cometh Leaping on the mountains, bounding on the
hills. 9 My beloved resembles an antelope, or a
Behold him standing behind our wall;
Displaying himself through the lattice work. 10 My beloved answers, and speaks to me:
The rain is over-is gone.
The time of the singing (of birds] is come;
land; 13 The fig-tree ripeneth her green figs; The vines [with] their tender buds yield
fragrancy. Arise, my consort, my beauty, and come
away! 14 My Dove (who art] in the clefts of the rock,
In the secret fissures of the cliffs,
Let me see thy countenance, let me hear
thy voice, For sweet is thy voice, and thy counte
nance is comely.
[To the friends of the Bridegroom.] 15 Take for us the foxes,
The little foxes that spoil our vines,
He feedeth among the lilies. 17 Until the day breathe, and the shades flee
SECTION V. [3d Morning.] CĦ. III. Upon my bed by night I sought him whom
my soul loveth :
about the city; • In the streets, and in the broad ways,
I will seek him whom my soul loveth.' I sought him, but I found him not. 3 The watchmen, who go round the city,
ye seen him whom my soul loveth?'
house, To the apartment of her who bore me. 5 I adjure you, () daughters of Jerusalem, • By the antelopes, and by the hinds of the
ye disturb not, nor awake
SECTION VI. [3d Evening.)
FIRST VIRGIN. 6 What is this rising from the wilderness,
like columns of smoke, Fuming with myrrh, and frankincense, More (precious] than all the powders of the merchant?
SECOND VIRGIN. 7 Behold! Solomon's own palanquin! Threescore warriors surround it, the war
riors of Israel, 8 Every one having a sword, being skilled in
Each [with] his sword upon
FIRST VIRGIN. 9 A carriage hath he made for himself, [Even] Solomon the king, of the wood of
Lebanon. 10 The pillars thereof hath he made of silver;
Its carpet of gold,—its seat of purple :
SECOND VIRGIN. 11 Go forth, ye daughters of Zion, and behold
SECTION VII. [4th Morning.]
Which come up sleek from (mount] Gilead. 2 Thy teeth are like a flock (newly] shorn,
Which ascend from the washing.
And none of them miscarrying.
And thy speech is agreeable.
Are thy cheeks, behind thy veil. 4 Thy neck is like the tower of David,
builded for an armory;
All shields of mighty men. 5 Thy two breasts are like twin fawns of the
antelope, Feeding among the lilies. 6 Until the day breathe, and the shades flee