4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.

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5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth.
6 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousya unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.b
7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, itc would be utterly scorned.

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8 We have a little sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for?