8-10Look! Listen! There’s my lover!Do you see him coming?Vaulting the mountains,leaping the hills.My lover is like a gazelle, graceful;like a young stag, virile.Look at him there, on tiptoe at the gate,all ears, all eyes—ready!My lover has arrivedand he’s speaking to me!10-14Get up, my dear friend,fair and beautiful lover—come to me!Look around you: Winter is over;the winter rains are over, gone!Spring flowers are in blossom all over.The whole world’s a choir—and singing!Spring warblers are filling the forestwith sweet arpeggios.Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed,and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms.Oh, get up, dear friend,my fair and beautiful lover—come to me!Come, my shy and modest dove—leave your seclusion, come out in the open.Let me see your face,let me hear your voice.For your voice is soothingand your face is ravishing.

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