[Woman]Upon my bed, night after night, I looked for the one whom I love with all my heart. I looked for him but couldn't find him.a2
"I will rise now and go all around the city, through the streets and the squares. I will look for the one whom I love with all my heart." I looked for him but couldn't find him.
The guards found me, those who make their rounds in the city. "The one whom I love with all my heart— have you seen him?"
No sooner did I depart from them than I found the one whom I love with all my heart. I held on to him and now I won't let him go, until I've brought him to my mother's house, to the chamber of the one who conceived me.
I place you under oath, daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the wild deer: don't rouse, don't arouse love until it desires.