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Song of Songs 1 (Common English Bible)

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The Song of Songs, which is for Solomon.

1 2 Mutual admiration[Woman]aIf only he would give me some of his kisses . . . Oh, your loving is sweeter than wine! 3 Your fragrance is sweet; your very name is perfume. That's why the young women love you. 4 Take me along with you; let's run! My king has brought me into his chambers, saying, "Let's exult and rejoice in you. Let's savor your loving more than wine. No wonder they all love you!" 5 Dark am I, and lovely, daughters of Jerusalem— like the black tents of the Kedar nomads, like the curtains of Solomon's palace. 6 Don't stare at me because I'm darkened by the sun's gaze. My own brothers were angry with me. They made me a caretaker of the vineyards— but I couldn't care for my own vineyard. 7 Tell me, you whom I love with all my heart— where do you pasture your flock, where do you rest them at noon?— so I don't wander about among the flocks of your companions. 8 [Man]If you don't know your way, most beautiful of women, then follow the tracks of the herds and graze your little goats by the tents of the shepherds. 9 I picture you, my dearest, as a mare among Pharaoh's chariots! 10 Lovely are your cheeks, adorned with ear hoops; your neck, with beads. 11 Let's make hoops of gold beaded with silver for you! 12 With my king close by my perfume filled the air. 13 A sachet of myrrh is my love to me, lying all night between my breasts. 14 A cluster of henna flowers is my love to me in the desert gardens of En-gedi. 15 [Man]Look at you—so beautiful, my dearest! Look at you—so beautiful! Your eyes are doves! 16 [Woman]Look at you—so beautiful, my love! Yes, delightful! Yes, our bed is lush and green! 17 The ceilings of our chambers are cedars; our rafters, cypresses.
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