The Torment of Separation

1 "I have 1come into my garden, 2my sister, my bride; I have gathered my 3myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my 4honey; I have 5drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, 6friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers."
2 "I was asleep but my heart was awake. A voice! My beloved was knocking: 'Open to me, 7my sister, my darling, 8My dove, my perfect one! For my head is drenched with dew, My 9locks with the damp of the night.'
3 "I have 10taken off my dress, How can I put it on again? I have 11washed my feet, How can I dirty them again?
4 "My beloved extended his hand through the opening, And my 12feelings were aroused for him.
5 "I arose to open to my beloved; And my hands 13dripped with myrrh, And my fingers with liquid myrrh, On the handles of the bolt.
6 "I opened to my beloved, But my beloved had 14turned away and had gone! My heart went out to him as he 15spoke. I 16searched for him but I did not find him; I 17called him but he did not answer me.
7 "The 18watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, They struck me and wounded me; The guardsmen of the walls took away my shawl from me.
8 "I 19adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, If you find my beloved, As to what you will tell him: For 20I am lovesick *."
9 "What kind of beloved is your beloved, O 21most beautiful among women? What kind of beloved is your beloved, That thus you adjure us?"

Admiration by the Bride

11 "His head is like gold, pure gold; His 24locks are like clusters of dates And black as a raven.
12 "His 25eyes are like doves Beside streams of water, Bathed in milk, And reposed in their 26setting.
13 "His cheeks are like a 27bed of balsam, Banks of sweet-scented herbs; His lips are 28lilies 29Dripping with liquid myrrh.
14 "His hands are rods of gold Set with 30beryl; His abdomen is carved ivory Inlaid with 31sapphires.
15 "His legs are pillars of alabaster Set on pedestals of pure gold; His appearance is like 32Lebanon Choice as the 33cedars.
16 "His 34mouth is full of sweetness. And he is wholly 35desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem."