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4 How beautiful you are, my darling!

Oh, how beautiful!

Your eyes behind your veils are doves.t

Your hair is like a flock of goats

descending from the hills of Gilead.u

Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn,

coming up from the washing.

Each has its twin;

not one of them is alone.v

Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon;

your mouthw is lovely.x

Your temples behind your veil

are like the halves of a pomegranate.y

Your neck is like the towerz of David,

built with courses of stonea;

on it hang a thousand shields,a

all of them shields of warriors.

Your breastsb are like two fawns,

like twin fawns of a gazellec

that browse among the lilies.d

Until the day breaks

and the shadows flee,e

I will go to the mountain of myrrhf

and to the hill of incense.

You are altogether beautiful,g my darling;

there is no flawh in you.

Come with me from Lebanon, my bride,i

come with me from Lebanon.

Descend from the crest of Amana,

from the top of Senir,j the summit of Hermon,k

from the lions’ dens

and the mountain haunts of leopards.

You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;l

you have stolen my heart

with one glance of your eyes,

with one jewel of your necklace.m

10 How delightfuln is your loveo, my sister, my bride!

How much more pleasing is your love than wine,p

and the fragrance of your perfumeq

more than any spice!

11 Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride;

milk and honey are under your tongue.r

The fragrance of your garments

is like the fragrance of Lebanon.s

12 You are a gardent locked up, my sister, my bride;u

you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.v

13 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranatesw

with choice fruits,

with hennax and nard,

14 nard and saffron,

calamus and cinnamon,y

with every kind of incense tree,

with myrrhz and aloesa

and all the finest spices.b

15 You areb a gardenc fountain,d

a well of flowing water

streaming down from Lebanon.


16 Awake, north wind,

and come, south wind!

Blow on my garden,e

that its fragrancef may spread everywhere.

Let my belovedg come into his garden

and taste its choice fruits.h


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