The Wedding Dance
He Speaks:
1You are a princess,
and your feet are graceful
in their sandals.
Your thighs are works of art,
each one a jewel;
2your navel is a wine glass
filled to overflowing.
Your body is full and slender
like a bundle of wheat
bound together by lilies.
3Your breasts are like twins
of a deer.
4Your neck is like ivory,
and your eyes sparkle
like the pools of Heshbon
by the gate of Bath-Rabbim.
Your nose is beautiful
like Mount Lebanon
above the city of Damascus.
5Your head is held high
like Mount Carmel;
your hair is so lovely
it holds a king prisoner.#7.5 it … prisoner: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
6You are very beautiful,
so desirable!
7You are tall and slender
like a palm tree,
and your breasts are full.
8I will climb that tree
and cling to its branches.
I will discover that your breasts
are clusters of grapes,
and that your breath
is the aroma of apples.
9Kissing you is more delicious
than drinking the finest wine.
How wonderful and tasty!#7.9 How … tasty: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
She Speaks:
10My darling, I am yours,
and you desire me.
11Let's stroll through the fields
and sleep in the villages.
12At dawn let's slip out and see
if grapevines and fruit trees
are covered with blossoms.
When we are there,
I will give you my love.
13Perfume from the magic flower#7.13 magic flower: The Hebrew text has “mandrake,” a plant that was thought to give sexual powers.
fills the air, my darling.
Right at our doorstep
I have stored up for you
all kinds of tasty fruits.