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8 The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
or a young stag.
Look, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows,
looking through the lattice.
“Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
the rain is over and gone.
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away.
in the covert of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
the little foxes,
that ruin the vineyards—
for our vineyards are in blossom.”
he pastures his flock among the lilies.
and the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
or a young stag on the cleft mountains.b
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