I have gathered my cmyrrh along with my balsam.
Drink and 3imbibe deeply, O lovers.”
2 “1I was asleep but my heart was awake.
A voice! My beloved was knocking:
‘Open to me, amy sister, my darling,
bMy dove, my perfect one!
For my head is 2drenched with dew,
3 “I have ataken off my dress,
How can I put it on again?
I have bwashed my feet,
How can I dirty them again?
And my hands adripped with myrrh,
And my fingers with 1liquid myrrh,
On the handles of the bolt.
But my beloved had aturned away and had gone!
I csearched for him but I did not find him;
I dcalled him but he did not answer me.
7 “The awatchmen who make the rounds in the city found me,
They struck me and wounded me;
The guardsmen of the walls took away my shawl from me.
8 “I aadjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved,
As to what you will tell him:
For bI am lovesick.”
O amost beautiful among women?
2What kind of beloved is your beloved,
That thus you adjure us?”
His alocks are like clusters of dates
And black as a raven.
12 “His aeyes are like doves
Beside streams of water,
Bathed in milk,
13 “His cheeks are like a abed of balsam,
Banks of sweet-scented herbs;
His lips are blilies
cDripping with liquid myrrh.
Set with aberyl;
His abdomen is carved ivory
Set on pedestals of pure gold;
His appearance is like aLebanon
Choice as the bcedars.
And he is wholly bdesirable.
This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem.”
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