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Expressions of Praise

How graceful are your feet in sandals,
    O queenly maiden!
Your rounded thighs are like jewels,
    the work of a master hand.
Your navel is a rounded bowl
    that never lacks mixed wine.
Your belly is a heap of wheat,
    encircled with lilies.
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
    twins of a gazelle.
Your neck is like an ivory tower.
Your eyes are pools in Heshbon,
    by the gate of Bath-rabbim.
Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon,
    overlooking Damascus.
Your head crowns you like Carmel,
    and your flowing locks are like purple;
    a king is held captive in the tresses.[a]

How fair and pleasant you are,
    O loved one, delectable maiden![b]
You are stately[c] as a palm tree,
    and your breasts are like its clusters.
I say I will climb the palm tree
    and lay hold of its branches.
O may your breasts be like clusters of the vine,
    and the scent of your breath like apples,
and your kisses[d] like the best wine
    that goes down[e] smoothly,
    gliding over lips and teeth.[f]

10 I am my beloved’s,
    and his desire is for me.
11 Come, my beloved,
    let us go forth into the fields,
    and lodge in the villages;
12 let us go out early to the vineyards,
    and see whether the vines have budded,
whether the grape blossoms have opened
    and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes give forth fragrance,
    and over our doors are all choice fruits,
new as well as old,
    which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 7:5 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  2. Song of Solomon 7:6 Syr: Heb in delights
  3. Song of Solomon 7:7 Heb This your stature is
  4. Song of Solomon 7:9 Heb palate
  5. Song of Solomon 7:9 Heb down for my lover
  6. Song of Solomon 7:9 Gk Syr Vg: Heb lips of sleepers

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