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who was nursed at my mother’s breasts!
Then, if I found you outside,
I would kiss you,
and no one would despise me.
and bring you to my mother’s housey—
she who has taught me.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
the nectar of my pomegranates.
and his right arm embraces me.z
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.a
5 Who is this coming up from the wildernessb
leaning on her beloved?
Under the apple tree I roused you;
there your mother conceivedc you,
there she who was in labor gave you birth.
like a seal on your arm;
for loved is as strong as death,
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.b
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
8 We have a little sister,
and her breasts are not yet grown.
What shall we do for our sister
on the day she is spoken for?
we will build towers of silver on her.
If she is a door,
we will enclose her with panels of cedar.
10 I am a wall,
and my breasts are like towers.
Thus I have become in his eyes
like one bringing contentment.
11 Solomon had a vineyardg in Baal Hamon;
he let out his vineyard to tenants.
Each was to bring for its fruit
12 But my own vineyardi is mine to give;
the thousand shekels are for you, Solomon,
and two hundrede are for those who tend its fruit.
13 You who dwell in the gardens
with friends in attendance,
let me hear your voice!
14 Come away, my beloved,
and be like a gazellej
or like a young stagk
on the spice-laden mountains.l
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