The Lovers Speak

1 "Oh * that you were like a brother to me Who nursed at my mother's breasts. If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you; No one would despise me, either.
2 "I would lead you and 1bring you Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates.
3 "Let 2his left hand be under my head And his right hand embrace me."
4 "3I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases."
5 "4Who is this coming up from the wilderness Leaning on her beloved?" " Beneath the 5 apple tree I awakened you; There your mother was in labor with you, There she was in labor and gave you birth.
6 "Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a 6seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, 7Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the LORD.
7 "Many waters cannot * quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it; 8If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised."
8 "We have a little sister, And she 9has no breasts; What shall we do for our sister On the day when she is spoken for?
9 "If she is a wall, We will build on her a battlement of silver; But if she is a door, We will barricade her with 10planks of cedar."
10 "I was a wall, and 11my breasts were like towers; Then I became in his eyes as one who finds peace.
12 "My very own vineyard is at my disposal; The thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, And two hundred are for those who take care of its fruit."
13 "O you who sit in the gardens, My 17companions are listening for your voice - 18Let me hear it!"
14 "Hurry, my beloved, And be 19like a gazelle or a young stag On the 20mountains of spices."