"aI have 1come into my garden, 2my sister, my bride ; I have gathered my 3myrrhalong with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycombband my 4honey ; I have 5drunk my winecand my milk. Eat, 6friends ; Drink and dimbibedeeply, O lovers."
"eI was asleep but my heart was awake. A voice ! My beloved was knocking : 'Open to me, 7my sister, my darling, 8My dove, my perfectone ! For my head is fdrenched with dew, My 9locks with the gdamp of the night.'
"I have 10takenoff my dress, How can I put it on again? I have 11washed my feet, How can I dirty them again?
"My belovedextended his handthrough the opening, And my h12feelings were aroused for him.
"I arose to open to my beloved ; And my hands13dripped with myrrh, And my fingers with iliquidmyrrh, On the handles of the bolt.
"I opened to my beloved, But my beloved had 14turnedaway and had gone ! My jheartwent 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.
"The 18watchmen who make the rounds in the cityfound me, They struck me and wounded me; The guardsmen of the wallstook away my shawl from me.
"I 19adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, If you find my beloved, As to what you will tell him: For 20I am lovesick ."
"klWhat kind of beloved is your beloved, O 21most beautiful among women ? mWhat kind of beloved is your beloved, That thus you adjure us?"
"nMy beloved is dazzling and 22ruddy, o23Outstandingamongtenthousand.
"His head is like gold, puregold ; His 24locks are like clusters of dates And black as a raven.
"His 25eyes are like dovesBesidestreams of water, Bathed in milk, And preposed in their 26setting.
"His cheeks are like a 27bed of balsam, Banks of sweet-scentedherbs ; His lips are 28lilies29Dripping with liquidmyrrh.
"His hands are rods of goldSet with 30beryl ; His abdomen is carvedivoryInlaid with q31sapphires.
"His legs are pillars of alabasterSet on pedestals of puregold ; His appearance is like 32LebanonChoice as the 33cedars.
"His r34mouth is full of sweetness. And he is wholly35desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem."