If Only You and I … She Speaks: 8 1If you were my brother, I could kiss you whenever we happen to meet, and no one would say I did wrong. 2I could take you to the home of my mother, who taught me all I know.[W] I would give you delicious wine and fruit juice as well. 3Put your left hand under my head and embrace me with your right arm. 4Young women of Jerusalem, promise me never to awaken love before it is ready. Their Friends Speak: 5Who is this young woman coming in from the desert and leaning on the shoulder of the one she loves? She Speaks: I stirred up your passions under the apple tree where you were born. 6Always keep me in your heart and wear this bracelet to remember me by. The passion of love bursting into flame is more powerful than death, stronger than the grave. 7Love cannot be drowned by oceans or floods. It cannot be bought— any offer would be scorned no matter how great. Their Friends Speak: 8We have a little sister whose breasts are not yet formed. If someone asks to marry her, what should we do? 9She isn't a wall that we can defend behind a silver shield. Neither is she a room that we can protect behind a wooden door. She Speaks: 10I am a wall around a city, my breasts are towers, and just looking at me brings him great pleasure. 11Solomon has a vineyard at Baal-Hamon, which he rents to others for a thousand pieces of silver each. 12My vineyard is mine alone! Solomon can keep his silver and the others can keep their share of the profits. He Speaks: 13You are in the garden with friends all around. Let me hear your voice! She Speaks: 14Hurry to me, my darling! Run faster than a deer to mountains of spices.
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