The Enfolded Song of Solomon

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Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8

Chapter 1

1.1 Solomon's Canticle The song of Canticles songs, which is Solomon's.

1.2 Let him kiss me with the kiss kisses of his mouth: for thy breasts are love is better than wine, wine.

1.3 Smelling sweet Because of the best ointments. Thy savour of thy good ointments thy name is as oil ointment poured out: forth, therefore young maidens have loved thee. do the virgins love thee.

1.4 Draw me: me, we will run after thee to thee: the odour of thy ointments. The king hath brought me into his storerooms: chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, remembering we will remember thy breasts love more than wine: the rightous upright love thee. thee.

1.5 I am black black, but beautiful, comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Cedar, Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Solomon.

1.6 Do Look not consider me that upon me, because I am brown, black, because the sun hath altered my colour: the sons of looked upon me: my mother have fought against me, mother's children were angry with me; they have made me the keeper in of the vineyards: my vineyards; but mine own vineyard I have I not kept. kept.

1.7 Shew Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou liest in the midday, lest I begin makest thy flock to wander after rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions. companions?

1.8 If thou know not thyself, not, O thou fairest among women, go forth, and follow after thy way forth by the steps footsteps of the flocks, flock, and feed thy kids beside the tents of the shepherds. shepherds' tents.

1.9 To my company of horsemen, in Pharao's chariots, have I likened have compared thee, O my love. love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.

1.10 Thy cheeks are beautiful as the turtledove's, comely with rows of jewels, thy neck as jewels. with chains of gold.

1.11 We will make thee chains borders of gold, inlaid gold with silver. studs of silver.

1.12 While the king was sitteth at his repose, table, my spikenard sent sendeth forth the odour thereof. smell thereof.

1.13 A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, well-beloved unto me; he shall abide between lie all night betwixt my breasts. breasts.

1.14 A My beloved is unto me as a cluster of cypress my love is to me, camphire in the vineyards of Engaddi. Engedi.

1.15 Behold Behold, thou are art fair, O my love, behold love; behold, thou are fair, thy eyes are as those of doves. art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.

1.16 Behold Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, and comely. Our yea, pleasant: also our bed is flourishing. green.

1.17 The beams of our houses house are of cedar, and our rafters of cypress trees. fir.

Chapter 2

2.1 I am the flower rose of the field, Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. valleys.

2.2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. daughters.

2.3 As the apple tree among the trees of the woods, wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow, whom I desired: shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my palate. taste.

2.4 He brought me into to the cellar of wine, he set in order charity in me. banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

2.5 Stay me up with flowers, compass flagons, comfort me about with apples: because for I languish with love. am sick of love.

2.6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand shall doth embrace me. me.

2.7 I adjure charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the harts hinds of the field, that you ye stir not up, nor make the beloved to awake, awake my love, till she please. he please.

2.8 The voice of my beloved, behold beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping over upon the hills. hills.

2.9 My beloved is like a roe, roe or a young hart. Behold hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, looking through he looketh forth at the windows, looking shewing himself through the lattices. lattice.

2.10 Behold my My beloved speaketh to me: Arise, make haste, spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my dove, my beautiful fair one, and come. come away.

2.11 For For, lo, the winter is now past, the rain is over and gone. gone;

2.12 The flowers have appeared in our land, appear on the earth; the time of pruning the singing of birds is come: come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land: land;

2.13 The fig tree hath put putteth forth her green figs: figs, and the vines in flower yield their sweet with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my beautiful fair one, and come: come away.

2.14 My dove O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow secret places of the wall, shew stairs, let me see thy face, countenance, let me hear thy voice sound in my ears: voice; for thy voice sweet is sweet, thy voice, and thy face comely. countenance is comely.

2.15 Catch Take us the foxes, the little foxes foxes, that destroy spoil the vines: for our vineyard hath flourished. vines have tender grapes.

2.16 My beloved to me, is mine, and I to him who am his: he feedeth among the lilies, lilies.

2.17 Till Until the day break, and the shadows retire. Return: be like, flee away, turn, my beloved, to and be thou like a roe, roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of Bether. Bether.

Chapter 3

3.1 In By night on my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, and but I found him not. not.

3.2 I will rise, rise now, and will go about the city: city in the streets streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, and but I found him not. not.

3.3 The watchmen who keep that go about the city, city found me: Have you seen him, to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? loveth?

3.4 When I had It was but a little that I passed by from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him: him, and I will would not let him go, till until I bring had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that bore me. conceived me.

3.5 I adjure charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes roes, and by the harts hinds of the fields, field, that you ye stir not up, nor awake my beloved, love, till she please. he please.

3.6 Who is she this that goeth up by the desert, as a pillar of smoke cometh out of aromatical spices, the wilderness like pillars of myrrh, smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, and of with all the powders of the perfumer? merchant?

3.7 Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant ones men are about it, of the most valiant of Israel, surrounded the bed of Solomon? Israel.

3.8 All holding They all hold swords, and most being expert in war: every man's man hath his sword upon his thigh, thigh because of fears fear in the night. night.

3.9 King Solomon hath made him himself a litter chariot of the wood of Libanus: Lebanon.

3.10 The He made the pillars thereof he made of silver, the seat bottom thereof of gold, the going up covering of purple: it of purple, the midst he covered thereof being paved with charity love, for the daughters of Jerusalem. Jerusalem.

3.11 Go forth, O ye daughters of Sion, Zion, and see behold king Solomon in with the diadem, crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the joy day of the gladness of his heart. heart.

Chapter 4

4.1 How beautiful Behold, thou art thou, fair, my love, how beautiful love; behold, thou art thou! thy eyes are fair; thou hast doves' eyes, besides what is hid within. Thy eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as flocks a flock of goats, which come up that appear from mount Galaad. Gilead.

4.2 Thy teeth as flocks are like a flock of sheep, sheep that are even shorn, which come came up from the washing, all with washing; whereof every one bear twins, and there is none is barren among them. them.

4.3 Thy lips are as like a scarlet lace: thread of scarlet, and thy speech sweet. Thy cheeks is comely: thy temples are as like a piece of a pomegranate, besides that which lieth hid within. pomegranate within thy locks.

4.4 Thy neck, neck is as like the tower of David, which is built with bulwarks: David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers hang upon it, bucklers, all the armour shields of valiant men. mighty men.

4.5 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies. lilies.

4.6 Till Until the day break, and the shadows retire, flee away, I will go get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense. frankincense.

4.7 Thou art all fair, O my love, and love; there is not a no spot in thee. thee.

4.8 Come with me from Libanus, Lebanon, my spouse, come with me from Libanus, come: thou shalt be crowned Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Sanir Shenir and Hermon, from the dens of the lions, lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards. leopards.

4.9 Thou hast wounded ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse, spouse; thou hast wounded ravished my heart with one of thy thine eyes, and with one hair chain of thy neck. neck.

4.10 How beautiful are fair is thy breasts, love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy breasts are more beautiful love than wine, wine! and the sweet smell of thy thine ointments above than all aromatical spices. spices!

4.11 Thy lips, O my spouse, are drop as a dropping honeycomb, the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments, as garments is like the smell of frankincense. Lebanon.

4.12 My A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, spouse; a garden enclosed, spring shut up, a fountain sealed up. sealed.

4.13 Thy plants are a paradise an orchard of pomegranates pomegranates, with the fruits of the orchard. Cypress pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard. spikenard,

4.14 Spikenard and saffron, sweet cane saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all the trees of Libanus, frankincense; myrrh and aloes aloes, with all the chief perfumes. spices:

4.15 The A fountain of gardens: the gardens, a well of living waters, which run with a strong stream and streams from Libanus. Lebanon.

4.16 Arise, Awake, O north wind, wind; and come, O south wind, thou south; blow through upon my garden, and let that the aromatical spices thereof flow. may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

Chapter 5

5.1 Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat the fruit of his apple trees. I am come into my garden, O my sister, my spouse, spouse: I have gathered my myrrh, myrrh with my aromatical spices: spice; I have eaten the my honeycomb with my honey, honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends, and friends; drink, and be inebriated, my dearly beloved. yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.

5.2 I sleep, and but my heart watcheth: waketh: it is the voice of my beloved knocking: that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is full of filled with dew, and my locks of with the drops of the nights. night.

5.3 I have put off my garment, coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet, feet; how shall I defile them? them?

5.4 My beloved put in his hand through by the key hole, hole of the door, and my bowels were moved at his touch. for him.

5.5 I arose rose up to open to my beloved: beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers were full with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the choicest myrrh. lock.

5.6 I opened the bolt of my door to my beloved: beloved; but he my beloved had turned aside, withdrawn himself, and was gone. My gone: my soul melted failed when he spoke: spake: I sought him, and found him not: but I called, and he did could not answer me. find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

5.7 The keepers watchmen that go went about the city found me: me, they struck me: and smote me, they wounded me: me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me. me.

5.8 I adjure charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you ye find my beloved, that you ye tell him him, that I languish with love. am sick of love.

5.9 What manner of one is thy beloved of the more than another beloved, O thou most beautiful fairest among women? what manner of one is thy beloved of the more than another beloved, that thou hast dost so adjured us? charge us?

5.10 My beloved is white and ruddy, chosen out of thousands. the chiefest among ten thousand.

5.11 His head is as the finest gold: most fine gold, his locks as branches of palm trees, are bushy, and black as a raven. raven.

5.12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves upon brooks by the rivers of waters, which are washed with milk, and sit beside the plentiful streams. fitly set.

5.13 His cheeks are as beds a bed of aromatical spices set by the perfumers. His lips are spices, as lilies sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping choice myrrh. sweet smelling myrrh.

5.14 His hands are turned and as of gold, full of hyacinths. His gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as of ivory, set bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. sapphires.

5.15 His legs are as pillars of marble, that are set upon bases sockets of gold. His form fine gold: his countenance is as of Libanus, Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. cedars.

5.16 His throat mouth is most sweet, and sweet: yea, he is all lovely: such altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and he this is my friend, O ye daughters of Jerusalem. Jerusalem.

5.17 Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside, and we will seek him with thee?

Chapter 6

6.1 Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.

6.2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the bed beds of aromatical spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. lilies.

6.3 I to am my beloved, beloved's, and my beloved to me, who is mine: he feedeth among the lilies. lilies.

6.4 Thou art beautiful, O my love, sweet and as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem Jerusalem, terrible as an army set in array. with banners.

6.5 Turn away thy thine eyes from me, for they have made me flee away. Thy overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats, goats that appear from Galaad. Gilead.

6.6 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep, sheep which come go up from the washing, all with whereof every one beareth twins, and there is none not one barren among them. them.

6.7 Thy cheeks are as the bark As a piece of a pomegranate, beside what is hidden pomegranate are thy temples within thee. thy locks.

6.8 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and young maidens virgins without number. number.

6.9 One is my My dove, my perfect one undefiled is but one, one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the chosen choice one of her that bore bare her. The daughters saw her, and declared her most blessed: blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. her.

6.10 Who is she that cometh looketh forth as the morning rising, morning, fair as the moon, bright clear as the sun, and terrible as an army set in array? with banners?

6.11 I went down into the garden of nuts, nuts to see the fruits of the valleys, valley, and to look if see whether the vineyard had flourished, vine flourished and the pomegranates budded. budded.

6.12 Or ever I knew not: was aware, my soul troubled made me for like the chariots of Aminadab. Amminadib.

6.13 Return, return, O Sulamitess: Shulamite; return, return return, that we may behold look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.

Chapter 7

7.1 What shalt thou see in the Sulamitess but the companies of camps? How beautiful are thy steps in feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! The the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, that are made by the hand work of the hands of a skilful workman. cunning workman.

7.2 Thy navel is like a round bowl never wanting cups. Thy goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like a an heap of wheat, wheat set about with lilies. lilies.

7.3 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins. twins.

7.4 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory. Thy ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Hesebon, which are in Heshbon, by the gate of the daughter of the multitude. Thy Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Libanus, that Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus. Damascus.

7.5 Thy Thine head upon thee is like Carmel: Carmel, and the hairs hair of thy thine head as the purple of like purple; the king bound is held in the channels. galleries.

7.6 How beautiful art thou, fair and how comely, my dearest, in delights! pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!

7.7 Thy This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes. grapes.

7.8 I said: said, I will go up into to the palm tree, and I will take hold of the fruit boughs thereof: and now also thy breasts shall be as the clusters of the vine: vine, and the odour smell of thy mouth nose like apples. apples;

7.9 Thy throat And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine, worthy wine for my beloved to drink, and for his beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips and his teeth of those that are asleep to ruminate. speak.

7.10 I to am my beloved, beloved's, and his turning desire is towards me. toward me.

7.11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field, field; let us abide lodge in the villages. villages.

7.12 Let us get up early to the vineyards, vineyards; let us see if the vineyard vine flourish, if whether the flowers be ready to bring forth fruits, if tender grape appear, and the pomegranates flourish: bud forth: there will I give thee my breasts. loves.

7.13 The mandrakes give a smell. In smell, and at our gates are all fruits: the manner of pleasant fruits, new and the old, my beloved, which I have kept laid up for thee. thee, O my beloved.

Chapter 8

8.1 Who shall give thee to me for O that thou wert as my brother, sucking that sucked the breasts of my mother, that mother! when I may should find thee without, and I would kiss thee, and now no man may despise me? thee; yea, I should not be despised.

8.2 I will take hold of would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house: there thou shalt teach me, and house, who would instruct me: I will give would cause thee a cup to drink of spiced wine and new wine of the juice of my pomegranates. pomegranate.

8.3 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand shall should embrace me. me.

8.4 I adjure charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you ye stir not up, nor awake my love till she please. love, until he please.

8.5 Who is this that cometh up from the desert, flowing with delights, wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? Under the apple tree I raised thee up: up under the apple tree: there thy mother was corrupted, brought thee forth: there she was defloured brought thee forth that bore thee. bare thee.

8.6 Put Set me as a seal upon thy thine heart, as a seal upon thy arm, thine arm: for love is strong as death, death; jealousy as hard is cruel as hell, the lamps grave: the coals thereof are fire and flames. coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

8.7 Many waters cannot quench charity, love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man should would give all the substance of his house for love, he shall despise it as nothing. would utterly be contemned.

8.8 Our sister is little, We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts. What breasts: what shall we do to for our sister in the day when she is to shall be spoken to? for?

8.9 If she be a wall: let us wall, we will build upon it bulwarks her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, let us join it together we will inclose her with boards of cedar. cedar.

8.10 I am a wall: wall, and my breasts are as a tower since like towers: then was I am become in his presence eyes as one finding peace. that found favour.

8.11 The peaceable Solomon had a vineyard, in that which hath people: vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the same to keepers, vineyard unto keepers; every man bringeth one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand peices pieces of silver. silver.

8.12 My vineyard vineyard, which is mine, is before me. A thousand are for thee, the peaceable, me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and two hundred for them those that keep the fruit thereof. thereof two hundred.

8.13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the friends hearken: make companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear thy voice. it.

8.14 Flee away, O Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to the roe, and a roe or to the a young hart upon the mountains of aromatical spices. spices.