2 I sleep, but my heart is awake;
It is the voice of my beloved!
eHe knocks, saying,
“Open for me, my sister, 1my love,
My dove, my perfect one;
For my head is covered with dew,
My 2locks with the drops of the night.”
How can I put it on again?
I have washed my feet;
How can I 3defile them?
By the 4latch of the door,
And my heart yearned for him.
And my hands dripped with myrrh,
My fingers with liquid myrrh,
On the handles of the lock.
But my beloved had turned away and was gone.
My 5heart leaped up when he spoke.
fI sought him, but I could not find him;
I called him, but he gave me no answer.
7 gThe watchmen who went about the city found me.
They struck me, they wounded me;
The keepers of the walls
Took my veil away from me.
If you find my beloved,
That you tell him I am lovesick!
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