"On my bed night after night I sought him Whom my soul loves ; I sought him but did not find him.
'I must arise now and go about the city ; In the streets and in the squares I must seek him whom my soul loves.' I sought him but did not find him.
"The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, And I said, 'Have you seen him whom my soul loves ?'
"Scarcely had I left them When I found him whom my soul loves ; I held on to him and would not let him go Until I had brought him to my mother's house, And into the room of her who conceived me."
"I opened to my beloved, But my beloved had turned away and had gone ! My heart went out to him as he spoke. I searched for him but I did not find him; I called him but he did not answer me.
"The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, They struck me and wounded me; The guardsmen of the walls took away my shawl from me.
"I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, If you find my beloved, As to what you will tell him: For I am lovesick ."