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1 Christ awaketh the church with his calling. 2 The church,
having a taste of Christ's love, is sick of love. 9 A descrip-
tion of Christ by his graces. [BEFORE CHRIST 1014.]

AM come into my garden, my sister,


and the graces of the church.

11 His head is as the most fine gold. his locks are bushy, and black as a raven 12 h His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.

13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices,

my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh as "sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropwith my spice; I have eaten my honey-ping sweet smelling myrrh. comb with my honey; I have drunk my


wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.



2 ¶ I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.

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6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.

8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, d that ye

14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.

15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. 16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

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5 Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead. 6 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep tell which go up from the washing, whereof him, that I am sick of love. every one beareth twins, and there is not 9¶ What is thy beloved more than ano-one barren among them. ther beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?

10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.

CHAP. V. a ch. 4. 16. b ch. 4. 11. e Luke 15.7, 10. John 3. 29. & 15. 14. a Or, and be drunken with loves. d Rev. 3. 20. b Or, (as some read) in me. c Heb. passing, or, running about. e ch. 3. 1. fch. 3. 3. d Hob. what. g ch. 1. 8. e Heb. a standard bearer. f Or, curled h ch. 1. 15. & 4 1 g Heb. sitting in fulness, that

7 As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.

8 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number.

9 My dove, my undefiled is but one;

is, fitly placed, and set as a precious stone in the foil of a ring. Or, towers of perfumes. i Heb. His palate.

CHAP. VI. a ch. 1. 8. b ch. 2. 16. & 7. 10 c ver 10. a Or they have puffed me up. d ch.4.1 e ch. 4. 2. fch 4 3

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she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.

10 ¶ Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, * and terrible as an army with banners?

11 I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded.

Her faith and desirè

now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;

9 And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.

10 ¶ I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.

11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. 12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the 12 Or ever I was aware, my soul tender grape appear, and the pomegra'made me like the chariots of Ammi-na-nates bud forth: there will I give thee my dib.

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13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.


1 The love of the church to Christ. 6 The vehemency of love. 8 The calling of the Gentiles. 14 The church prayeth for Christ's coming. [BEFORE CHRIST 1014.]

THAT thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, "I should not be despised.

2 I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.

3 b His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.


4 I charge you, O daughters of JeruCar-salem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.

5 Thine head upon thee is like mel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.

6 How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!

7 This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

8 I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof:

g vor. 4. h ch. 7. 12. b Heb. I knew not. c Or, set me on the chariots of my willing veople. d Or, of Mahanaim. Gen. 32. 2. CHAP. VII. a Ps. 45. 13. a Heb. mixture. b ch. 4. 5. c ch. 4. 4. Or, crimson. Hel. bound. d Heb. straightly. e Or, of the ancient. d ch. 2. 16. & 6. 3. e Ps. 45

5 Who is this that cometh up from the a wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.

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a Heb. they should not despise me. a Prov. 9. 2. b ch. 2. 6. 2.7. & 3.5. b Heb. why should ye stir up, or, why, &c d ch 3. 6. o Isai. 49. IC Jer. 22 24. Hag. 2. 23.

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Christ's coming prayed for.

as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave||towers: then was I in his eyes as one that the coals thereof are coals of fire, which found favour. hath a most vehement flame.

7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: 'if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

8 ¶ We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?


9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver and if she be a door,i we will inclose her with boards of cedar.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

14 Make haste, my beloved, and 1be thou like to a roe or to a young hart 10 I am a wall, and my breasts like upon the mountains of spices.

• Heb. hard. f Prov. 6. 35. g Ezek. 23.33. d Hob, peace. h Matt. 21. 33. ich. 2. ||14. k See Rev. 22. 17, 20. e Heb. Flee away. Ich. 2. 17



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