"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."