Love Makes Everything Beautiful She Speaks: 2 1I am merely a rose[D] from the land of Sharon, a lily from the valley. He Speaks: 2My darling, when compared with other young women, you are a lily among thorns. She Speaks: 3And you, my love, are an apple tree among trees of the forest. Your shade brought me pleasure; your fruit was sweet. 4You led me to your banquet room and showered me with love. 5Refresh and strengthen me with raisins and apples. I am hungry for love! 6Put your left hand under my head and embrace me with your right arm. 7Young women of Jerusalem, promise me by the power of deer and gazelles[E] never to awaken love before it is ready. Winter Is Past She Speaks: 8I hear the voice of the one I love, as he comes leaping over mountains and hills 9like a deer or a gazelle. Now he stands outside our wall, looking through the window 10and speaking to me. He Speaks: My darling, I love you! Let's go away together. 11Winter is past, the rain has stopped; 12flowers cover the earth, it's time to sing.[F] The cooing of doves is heard in our land. 13Fig trees are bearing fruit, while blossoms on grapevines fill the air with perfume. My darling, I love you! Let's go away together. 14You are my dove hiding among the rocks on the side of a cliff. Let me see how lovely you are! Let me hear the sound of your melodious voice. 15Our vineyards are in blossom; we must catch the little foxes that destroy the vineyards.[G] She Speaks: 16My darling, I am yours, and you are mine, as you feed your sheep among the lilies. 17Pretend to be a young deer dancing on mountain slopes[H] until daylight comes and shadows fade away.
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