CHAPTER 2 2 1W I am a flower of Sharon,[P] a lily of the valleys. 2M Like a lily among thorns, so is my friend among women. 3W Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my lover among men. In his shadow[Q] I delight to sit, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. 4He brought me to the banquet hall[R] and his glance at me signaled love. 5Strengthen me with raisin cakes,[S] refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love. 6His left hand is under my head and his right arm embraces me. 7I adjure you, Daughters of Jerusalem,[T] by the gazelles and the does of the field, Do not awaken, or stir up love until it is ready. Her Lover’s Visit Remembered 8W The sound of my lover! here he comes[U] springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills. 9My lover is like a gazelle[V] or a young stag. See! He is standing behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattices. 10My lover speaks and says to me, M “Arise, my friend, my beautiful one, and come! 11For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. 12The flowers appear on the earth, the time of pruning the vines has come, and the song of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance. Arise, my friend, my beautiful one, and come! 14My dove in the clefts of the rock,[W] in the secret recesses of the cliff, Let me see your face, let me hear your voice, For your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” 15W Catch us the foxes,[X] the little foxes that damage the vineyards; for our vineyards are in bloom! 16My lover belongs to me and I to him; he feeds among the lilies. 17Until the day grows cool[Y] and the shadows flee, roam, my lover, Like a gazelle or a young stag upon the rugged mountains.
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