7 [a] How beautiful are your feet in their sandals, noble daughter! The curves of your thighs are like ornaments, like the work of an artist’s hands. 2 Your navel is a round bowl. May it always be filled with spiced wine. Your waist is a bundle of wheat enclosed in lilies. 3 Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. 4 Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are like pools in Heshbon, pools by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like a Lebanese tower facing Damascus. 5 You hold your head as high as Mount Carmel. Your dangling curls are royal beauty. Your flowing locks could hold a king captive.
Solomon Longs for the Young Woman’s Affection
6 How beautiful and charming you are, my love, with your elegance. 7 Young woman, your figure is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters. 8 I thought, “I will climb the palm tree and take hold of its fruit.” May your breasts be like clusters on the vine. May the fragrance of your breath be like apples. 9 May your mouth taste like the best wine . . .
. . . that goes down smoothly to my beloved and glides over the lips of those about to sleep.[b] 10 I am my beloved’s, and he longs for me. 11 Come, my beloved. Let’s go into the field. Let’s spend the night among the henna flowers.[c] 12 Let’s go to the vineyards early. Let’s see if the vines have budded, if the grape blossoms have opened, if the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love. 13 The mandrakes[d] give off a fragrance, and at our door are all kinds of precious fruits. I have saved new and old things for you alone, my beloved.
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