Monday, August 15, 2016

Song of Songs 6



The Daughters of Jerusalem

1 Where has your beloved gone,
   O fairest among women?
   Where has your beloved turned aside,
   That we may seek him with you?

The Shulamite

2 My beloved has gone to his garden,
   To the beds of spices,
   To feed his flock in the gardens, 
   And to gather lilies.
3 I am my beloved’s,
   And my beloved is mine.  
   He feeds his flock among the lilies.
   
Praise of the Shulamite’s Beauty

The Beloved

4 | O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah,
   Lovely as Jerusalem,
   Awesome as an army with banners!
5 Turn your eyes away from me,
   For they have overcome me.
   Your hair is like a flock of goats
   Going down from Gilead.
6 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep
   Which have come up from the washing;
   Every one bears twins,
   And none is barren among them.
7 Like a piece of pomegranate
   Are your temples behind your veil.
8 There are sixty queens
   And eighty concubines,
   And virgins without number.
9 My dove, my perfect one,
   Is the only one,
   The only one of her mother,
   The favorite of the one who bore her.
   The daughters saw her
   And called her blessed,
   The queens and the concubines,
   And they praised her.
10 Who is she who looks forth as the morning,
    Fair as the moon,
    Clear as the sun,
    Awesome as an army with banners?
   
The Shulamite

11 I went down to the garden of nuts
     To see the verdure of the valley,
     To see whether the vine had budded
     And the pomegranates had bloomed.
12 Before I was even aware,
     My soul had made me
     As the chariots of my noble people.

The Beloved and His Friends

13 Return, return, O Shulamite;
     Return, return, that we may look upon you!

The Shulamite

     What would you see in the Shulamite— 
     As it were, the dance of the two camps?

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