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I gathered my imyrrh with my spice,
I ate my jhoneycomb with my honey,
I kdrank my wine with my milk.
Eat, lfriends, drink,
and be drunk with love!
2 I slept, but my heart was awake.
A sound! My beloved is mknocking.
for my head is wet with dew,
my rlocks with the drops of the night.”
3 sI had put off my garment;
how could I put it on?
I had tbathed my feet;
how could I soil them?
and my heart was thrilled within me.
and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with uliquid myrrh,
on the handles of the bolt.
but my beloved had turned and gone.
My soul failed me when he vspoke.
wI sought him, but found him not;
xI called him, but he gave no answer.
7 yThe watchmen found me
as they went about in the city;
they beat me, they bruised me,
they took away my veil,
those watchmen of the walls.
if you find my beloved,
that you tell him
bI am sick with love.
9 What is your beloved more than another beloved,
O cmost beautiful among women?
What is your beloved more than another beloved,
that you thus zadjure us?
10 My beloved is radiant and druddy,
edistinguished among ten thousand.
fhis locks are wavy,
black as a raven.
12 His geyes are like doves
beside streams of water,
bathed in milk,
sitting beside a full pool.1
mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
His lips are klilies,
dripping uliquid myrrh.
set with ljewels.
His body is polished ivory,2
set on bases of gold.
His appearance is like oLebanon,
choice as the cedars.
and he is altogether desirable.
This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O adaughters of Jerusalem.
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