On my bed 1by night I sought 2him whom my soul loves; 3I sought him, but found him not.
I will rise now and go about the city, in 4the streets and in the squares; I will seek 5him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but found him not.
36The watchmen found me as they went about in the city. "Have you seen him whom my soul loves?"
Scarcely had I passed them when I found 7him whom my soul loves. I 8held him, and would not let him go until I had 9brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of 10her who conceived me.
511I adjure you, 12O daughters of Jerusalem, 13by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.