"I would lead you and 1bring you Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spicedwine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates.
"Let 2his lefthand be under my head And his righthandembrace me."
"a3I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem, bDo not arouse or awaken my loveUntilcshe pleases."
"d4Who is thiscoming up from the wildernessLeaning on her beloved?" "eBeneath the f5appletree 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 gsealover your heart, Like a 6seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, h7Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, iThe very flame of the LORD.
7"Manywaterscannotquenchlove, Nor will riversoverflow it; 8If a man were to giveall the riches of his house for love, It would be utterlydespised."
"jWe have a littlesister, And she 9hasnobreasts; What shall we do for our sister On the daywhen 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."
"kI was a wall, and 11my breasts were like towers; Then I became in his eyes as one who findspeace.
11"Solomonhad a 12vineyard at Baal-hamon; He 13entrusted the vineyard to 14caretakers. Eachone was to bring a 15thousand shekels of silver for its 16fruit.
"My very own vineyard is lat my disposal; The thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, And two hundred are for those who takecare of its fruit."