O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised .
I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother'shouse, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spicedwine of the juice of my pomegranate.3
His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up , nor awake my love, until he please .
Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness,leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth : there she brought thee forth that bare thee.
6Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death;jealousy is cruela as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.7Manywaterscannotquenchlove, neither can the floodsdrown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned .
We have a littlesister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for ?
If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.10
I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that foundfavour.b11Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers ; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.12
My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.13
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companionshearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.
Make haste , my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a younghart upon the mountains of spices.