Your ·limbs [L shoots; C a botanical term either referring to the woman’s legs or her genital organs] are like an orchard of pomegranates with all the best fruit, filled with ·flowers [henna; 1:14] and nard,
You are like a lovely orchard bearing precious fruit, with the rarest of perfumes; nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, and perfume from every other incense tree, as well as myrrh and aloes, and every other lovely spice.
Come with me from Lebanon, my bride. Leave Lebanon behind, and come. Leave your high mountain hideaway. Abandon your wilderness seclusion, Where you keep company with lions and panthers guard your safety. You’ve captured my heart, dear friend. You looked at me, and I fell in love. One look my way and I was hopelessly in love! How beautiful your love, dear, dear friend— far more pleasing than a fine, rare wine, your fragrance more exotic than select spices. The kisses of your lips are honey, my love, every syllable you speak a delicacy to savor. Your clothes smell like the wild outdoors, the ozone scent of high mountains. Dear lover and friend, you’re a secret garden, a private and pure fountain. Body and soul, you are paradise, a whole orchard of succulent fruits— Ripe apricots and peaches, oranges and pears; Nut trees and cinnamon, and all scented woods; Mint and lavender, and all herbs aromatic; A garden fountain, sparkling and splashing, fed by spring waters from the Lebanon mountains.
Your inward life is now sprouting, bringing forth fruit.What a beautiful paradise unfolds within you.When I’m near you, I smell aromas of the finest spice,for many clusters of my exquisite fruitnow grow within your inner garden.Here are the nine:pomegranates of passion,henna from heaven,spikenard so sweet,saffron shining,fragrant calamus from the cross,sacred cinnamon,branches of scented woods,myrrh, like tears from a tree,and aloe as eagles ascending.
Thy sendings-out be (a) paradise of (the) apples of Punic, with the fruits of apples, cypress trees, with nard; (Thy out-sendings, or thy shoots, be like a garden of the apple trees of Punic, with its fruits of apples, and cypress trees, with spikenard;/Thy cheeks be like an orchard of pomegranate trees, with its fruits, and cypress trees, with spikenard;)
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