A Love Song
1Solomon’s Song of Songs.
The Woman Speaks to the Man She Loves
2Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth!
Your love is better than wine.
3The smell of your perfume is pleasant.
Your name is pleasant like expensive perfume!
That’s why the young women love you.
4Take me with you; let’s run.
The king takes me into his rooms.
Friends Speak to the Man
We will rejoice and be happy with you.
We praise your love more than wine.
The Woman Speaks
With good reason, the young women love you, my lover.
5I’m dark but lovely,
women of Jerusalem.
I’m dark like the tents of Kedar,
like the curtains of Solomon.
6Don’t look at how dark I am,
at how dark the sun has made me.
My brothers were angry with me.
They made me tend the vineyards.
So I haven’t tended my own vineyard!
7Tell me, you whom I love,
where do you feed your sheep?
Where do you make them rest at noon?
Why should I look for you near your friend’s sheep?
Am I like a woman who wears a veil?# This was the way a prostitute usually dressed.
The Man Speaks to the Woman
8You are the most beautiful of women.
Surely you know to follow the sheep.
Feed your young goats
near the shepherds’ tents.
9My darling, you are like a mare
that pulls the king’s chariots.
10Your cheeks are beautiful with ornaments.
Your neck is beautiful with jewels.
11We will make for you gold earrings
with silver hooks.
The Woman Speaks
12The smell of my perfume spreads out
to the king on his couch.
13My lover is like a bag of myrrh
that lies all night between my breasts.
14My lover is like a bunch of flowers
from the vineyards at En Gedi.
The Man Speaks
15My darling, you are beautiful!
Oh, you are beautiful!
Your eyes are like doves!
The Woman Answers the Man
16You are so handsome, my lover.
You are so pleasant!
Our bed is the grass.
17The boards of our house are cedar trees.
And the wood of our ceiling is juniper trees.