The Bride's Admiration

1 "I am the 1rose of 2Sharon, The 3lily of the valleys."
2 "Like a lily among the thorns, So is 4my darling among the maidens."
3 "Like an 5apple tree among the trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the young men. In his shade I took great delight and sat down, And his 6fruit was sweet to my taste.
4 "He has 7brought me to his banquet hall, And his 8banner over me is love.
6 "Let 12his left hand be under my head And 13his right hand 14embrace me."
7 "I 15adjure you, O 16daughters of Jerusalem, By the 17gazelles or by the 18hinds of the field, 19That you do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases."
8 "Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Climbing 20on the mountains, Leaping on the hills!
10 "My beloved responded and said to me, '24Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along.
11 'For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone.
12 'The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines, And the voice of the 25turtledove has been heard in our land.
13 'The 26fig tree has ripened its figs, And the 27vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance. Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along!' "
14 "O 28my dove, 29in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, 30Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is 31lovely."
15 "32Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our 33vineyards are in blossom."
16 "34My beloved is mine, and I am his; He 35pastures his flock among the lilies.
17 "36Until the cool of the day when the shadows flee away, Turn, my beloved, and be like a 37gazelle Or a young stag 38on the mountains of Bether."