1#SS 6:2; 4:16 I come to my garden, my sister, my bride;
I gather my myrrh with my spice;
I eat my honeycomb with my honey;
I drink my wine with my milk.
Friends of the Man
Drink, and be drunk with love!
2#SS 6:9; 2:14 I slept, but my heart was awake.
A sound! My beloved is knocking. “Open to me, my sister, and my love,
my dove, my perfect one;
for my head is wet with dew,
my locks with the drops of the night.”
3#Lk 11:7 I had taken off my garment;
how could I put it on again?
I had bathed my feet;
how could I soil them?
4My beloved put his hand by the latch,
and my heart yearned for him.
5#SS 5:13 I rose up to open to my beloved,
and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with liquid myrrh
on the handles of the bolt.
6#SS 5:2 I opened to my beloved,
but my beloved had turned and was gone.
My soul failed me when he spoke.
I sought him, but found him not;
I called him, but he gave no answer.
7#SS 3:3 The watchmen found me
as they went about the city;
they struck me, they wounded me;
they took away my mantle,
those watchmen of the walls.
8#SS 2:7; 2:5 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
if you find my beloved,
that you tell him I am faint with love.
Friends of the Woman
9#SS 1:8; 6:1 What is your beloved more than another beloved,
O fairest among women?
What is your beloved more than another beloved,
that you so charge us?
10#Ps 45:2 My beloved is white and ruddy,
distinguished among ten thousand.
11His head is the finest gold;
his locks are wavy,
black as a raven.
12#SS 1:15; 4:1 His eyes are like doves
beside rivers of water,
bathed in milk,
13#SS 1:10; 2:1 His cheeks are like beds of spices,
mounds of scented herbs.
His lips are lilies,
dripping liquid myrrh.
14#Ex 24:10; Isa 54:11 His arms are rods of gold,
set with jewels.
His body is bright ivory,
inlaid with sapphires.
15#1Ki 4:33 His legs are alabaster columns,
set on bases of gold.
His appearance is like Lebanon,
choice as the cedars.
16#Ps 45:2; SS 7:9 His mouth is most sweet,
and he is altogether desirable.
This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem.