2 “[b]May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine. 3 “Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like[c]purified oil; Therefore the [d]maidens love you. 4 “Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers.”
“[e]We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will [f]extol your love more than wine. Rightly do they love you.”
5 “[g]I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon. 6 “Do not stare at me because I am [h]swarthy, For the sun has burned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard. 7 “Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, Where do you pasture your flock, Where do you make itlie down at noon? For why should I be like one who [i]veils herself Beside the flocks of your companions?”
Solomon, the Lover, Speaks
8 “[j]If you yourself do not know, Most beautiful among women, Go forth on the trail of the flock And pasture your young goats By the tents of the shepherds.
9 “[k]To me, my darling, you are like My mare among the chariots of Pharaoh. 10 “Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, Your neck with strings of beads.”
11 “[l]We will make for you ornaments of gold With beads of silver.”
12 “[m]While the king was at his [n]table, My [o]perfume gave forth its fragrance. 13 “My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh Which lies all night between my breasts. 14 “My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi.”
15 “[p][q]How beautiful you are, my darling, [r]How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves.”
16 “[s][t]How handsome you are, my beloved, And so pleasant! Indeed, our couch is luxuriant! 17 “The beams of our houses are cedars, Our rafters, [u]cypresses.
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