The Man Speaks to the Woman
1Your feet are beautiful in sandals,
you daughter of a prince.
Your round thighs are like jewels
shaped by an artist.
2Your navel is like a round drinking cup
always filled with wine.
Your stomach is like a pile of wheat
surrounded with lilies.
3Your breasts are like two fawns,
like twins of a gazelle.
4Your neck is like an ivory tower.
Your eyes are like the pools in Heshbon
near the gate of Bath Rabbim.
Your nose is like the mountain of Lebanon
that looks down on Damascus.
5Your head is like Mount Carmel,
and your hair is like purple cloth;
the king is captured in its folds.
6You are beautiful and pleasant;
my love, you are full of delights.
7You are tall like a palm tree,
and your breasts are like its bunches of fruit.
8I said, “I will climb up the palm tree
and take hold of its fruit.”
Let your breasts be like bunches of grapes,
the smell of your breath like apples,
9and your mouth like the best wine.
The Woman Speaks to the Man
Let this wine go down sweetly for my lover;
may it flow gently past the lips and teeth.
10I belong to my lover,
and he desires only me.
11Come, my lover,
let’s go out into the country
and spend the night in the fields.
12Let’s go early to the vineyards
and see if the buds are on the vines.
Let’s see if the blossoms have already opened
and if the pomegranates have bloomed.
There I will give you my love.
13The mandrake flowers give their sweet smell,
and all the best fruits are at our gates.
I have saved them for you, my lover,
the old delights and the new.