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The benefit of a good name.

ECCLESIASTES.

Difficulty of getting wisdom 11 When goods increase, they are increased 2 1 It is better to go to the house of mouruing, that eat thein: and what good is there to the than to go to the house of feasting: for that is owners thereof, saving the beholding of them the end of all men; and the living will lay it to with their eyes ?

his heart. 12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, 3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadwhether he eat little or much: but the abun-ness of the countenance the heart is made better. dance of the rich will not sntfer him to sleep. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourn

13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under ing; but the heart of fools is in the house of the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners mirth. thereof to their hurt.

5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than 14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and for a man to hear the song of fools : he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his. For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so hand.

is the laughter of the fool : this also is vanity. 15 As he came forth of his mother's womb, 791 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; naked shall he return to go as he came, and and a gift destroyeth the heart. shall take nothing of his labour, which he may| 8 Better is the end of a thing than the begincarry away in his hand.

ning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better 16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points than the proud in spirit. as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath 9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for he that hath laboured for the wind ?

anger resteth in the bosom of fools. 17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and 10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sick- former days were better than these? for thou ness.

dost not. inquire wisely concerning this. 18 17 Behold that which I have seen : it is good 11 11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to by it there is profit to them that see the sun. enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh) 12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a under the sun all the days of his life, which God defence : but the excellency of knowledge is, giveth him: for it is liis portion.

that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. 19 Every man also to whom God hath given 13 Consider the work of God: for who can riches and wealth, and hath given him power make that straight, which he hath made crooked? to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to .14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the. rejoice in his labour; this is the gin of God. day of adversity consider: God also hath set the

20 For he shall not much remember the days one over against the other, to the end that man of his life; because God answereth him in the should find nothing after him. joy of his heart.

15 All things have I seen in the days of my CHAP. VÍ.

vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his The vanity of riches without use. righteousness, and there is a wicked man that

the sunit is common among men 16 Be not righteous over muchmake, 2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, thyscis over wise : why shouldest thou destroy and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his thyself? soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him 17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou not power to eat thercof, but a stranger ealeth foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. 18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of

3 If a man beget a hundred children, and live this; yea, also from this withdraw not thy hand: many years, so that the days of his years be for he that fearcth God shall come forth of thein inany, and his soul be not filled with good, and all. also that he have no burial; 1 say, that au un- 19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than timely birth is better than lie.

ten mighty men which are in the city. 4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departcth.20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that in darkness, and his name shall be covered with doeth good, and sinneth not. darkness.

21 Also take no heed unto all words that are 5 Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: any thing : this hath more rest than the other. 22 For ottentiines also thine own heart know

6 1 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice eth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. Lold, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to 23 11 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, one place?

I will be wise; but it was far from me. 7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and 24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, yet the appetite is not filled.

who can find it out? 8 For what hath the wise more than the fool ?| 25 I applied my heart to know, and to search, what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk beforejand to scek out wisdom, and the reason of things, the living ?

and to know the wickedness of folly, even of 9!! Belier is the sight of the eyes than the wan foolishness and madness: dering of the desire: this is also vanity and vex. 26 And I find more bitter than death the woman ation of spirit.

whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands 10 That which hath been is named already, and as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape front it is known that it is man: neither may he con-her; but the sinner shall be taken by her. tend with him that is miglitier than he. 27 Behold, this have I found, saith the Preacher,

11 ! Seeing there be many things that increase counting one by one, to find out the account ; vanity, what is man the better?

28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: 12 For who knoweth what is good for man in one man among a thousand have I found; but this life, all the days of his vain life which he a woman among all those have I not found. spendeth as a shadow ? for who can tell a man 29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath what shall be after him under the sun ? made man upright; but they have souglt out CHAP. VII.

wany inventions.
Remedies against vanity, &.c.

CHAP. VIII.
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GOOD name is belter than precious oint-

Rulers are to be respected. ment; and the day of death than the day Whois as the wise man? and who knoweth of one's birth.

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upon him.

God's works unsearchable.

CHAP. IX, X.

Wisdom better than strength wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the bold-/ 4 11 For to him that is joined to all the living ness of his face shall be changed.

there is hope: for a living dog is better than a 2 I counsel thee to keep the king's cominand- dead lion. ment, and that in regard of the oath of God. 5 For the living know that they shall die: but

3 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: 'stand not the dead know not any thing, neither have they in an evil thing; for he docth whatsoever pleas- any more a reward; for the memory of them is etli him.

forgotten. 4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: 6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their and who may say unto him, What doesi thou ? envy, is now peristied; neither have they any 5 Whoso keepeth the commandinent shall feel more a portion for ever in any thing that is done no evil thing: and a vise man's heart discern- under the sun. eth both time and judgment.

7. 1 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and 6 1 Because to every purpose there is time and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God judgment, therefore the misery of man is great now accepteth thy works.

8 Let thy garments be always white; and let For he knoweth not that which shall be: for thy head lack no ointment. who can tell hin when it shall be ?

9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest 8. There is no man that liath power over the all the days of the life of thy vanity, which lie spirit to retain the spirit: neither hath ké power hath given thee under the sun, all the days of tliy in the day of death: and there is no discharge vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver in thy labour which thou lakest under the sun. those that are given to it.

10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it 9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart with thy might; for there is no work, nor deunto every work that is done under the sun : :ice, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, there is a time wherein one man ruleih over whither thou goest. another to his own hurt.

W! I returned, and saw under the sun, that 10 And so I saw the wicked burierl, who liad the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the come and gone from the place of the holy, and strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet they were forgotten in the city where they had riches to men of understanding, nor yet favoni so done: this is also vanity.

to men of skill; but tinie and chance happeneth 11 Because sentence against an evil work is not to them all. executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons 12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the of men is fully set in theni to do evil.

fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the 12 Though a sinnér do evil a hundred times, birtis that are cauglit in the snare; so arethe song and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth that it shall be well wich them that fear God, studdenly upon them. which fear before himn :

13 1 'This wisdom have I seen also under tho 13 Rut it shall not be well with the wicked, sun, and it seemed great unto me. neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a 14 There was a little city, and few men withshadow; because he feareth not before God. in it; and there came a great king against it, and

14 There is a vanity, which is done upon the besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: earth; that there be just men, unto whom it 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, happeneth according to the work of the wicked: and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet again, there be wicked men, to whom it happen- no nian renientered that same poor man. eth according to the work of the righteous: 116 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: said that this also is vanity.

nevertheless the poor man's wisdoin is despisco, 15 Then I comended mirth, because a man and his words are not heard. hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, 17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. abide with him of his labour the days of his life, 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: birt which God giveth him under the sun.

one sinner destroyeth much good. 16 1 When l'applied niy heart to know wis

CHAP. X. dom, and to see the business that is done upon Obserrations on wisdom and felly. the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor

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EAD flies cause the ointinent of the apothe

cary to send forth a stinking savour: so 11 Then I beheld all the work or God, that a doth a little folly him that is in reputation for man cannot find out the work that is done under wisdom and honour. the sun: because though a man labour to seek it 2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but out, yet he shall not find it; yca further; though a fool's heart is at his left. a wise man think to know it, yet shall be not 3 Yea also, which lie that is a fool walketh by be able to find it.

the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith CUAP. IX.

to every one that he is a fool. God's Providence ruleth over all. 4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee,

declare all this, that the righteous, and the offences. wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: 5 There is an evil which I have see! under the no man kuoweth cither love, or hatred by all that sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: is before them.

6 Folly is sct in great dignity, and the rich sit 2 All things come alike in all: there is one in low place. evcut to the rightcous and to the wicked; to 71 have seen servants upon horses, and princes the good, and to the clean, and to the unclean; walking as servants upon the earth. to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth| 8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and hc that whoso breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him. sweareth, as he that feareth an outh.

9 Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt there34This is an evil among all things that are done with; and he that cleaveth wood shall be enunder the sun, that there is one event into all : dangered thereby. yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of 10 If the iron oe blunt, and he do not whot she evil, and madness is in their heart while they edge, then must be put to morc strength : but live, and after that they go to the dead. wisdom is profitable to direct.

thy place ; for yielding pacifieth great

of riot, slothfulness, Sc.

SOLOMON'S SONG.

The whole duty of man. 11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchant- and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the meut; and a babbler is no better.

sight of thine eyes : but know thou, that for all 12 'The words of a wise man's mouth are gra- tliese things God will bring thee into judgment. cinus; but the lips of a fool will swallow up 10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, himself.

and put away evil from tby flesh: for childhood 13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is and youth are vanity. foolishness: and the end of his lalk is mischie

CIIAP. XII. vous madness.

The Creator must be remembered. 14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, thy youth, wbile the evil days come not, who ca", tell him ?

(nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I 15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every have no plensure in thein ;. one of them, because lie knoweth not how lo g02 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or w the city.

the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return 16 1 Wo to thee, O land, when thy king is a aner the rain: child, and thy princes eat in the morning! 3 in the day when the keepers of the house 17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is skall tremble, and strong men slal bow the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due themselves, and the grinders cease because they season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! are few, and those that look out of the windows

18 By niuch slothfulness the building decay- be darkened, eth; and through idleness of the hands the 4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, honse droppeth through.

when the sound of the grinding is low, and he 19 T A feast is made for laughter, and wine shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the maketh merry: but money answereth all things. daughters of music shall be brought low;

2011 Curse not the king, no, not in tly thought;.5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which and curse not the rich in thy bed-chainber: for is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that almond-tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper which hath wings shall tell the matter. shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because CHAP. XI.

man goeth to his long house, and the mourners go Directions for charity.

about the streets: CAS AST thy, bread upon the waters: for thou Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden shalt find it after many days.

bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the 2 Give a portion 10 seven, and also to eight; fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistem. for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it the earth.

was: and the spirit shall return unto God who 3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty them- gave it. seldes upon the earth: and if the trec fall 10- 8 11 Vanity of vanities, saith thc Preacher; all ward the south, or toward the north, in the is vanity. place where the tree fallell, there it shall be. 9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise,

4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he still laught the people knowledge: yea, he he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. gave good lieed, and sought out, and set in order

5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the many proverbs. spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the wonib) 10 T'he Preacher sought to find out acceptable of her that is wish child: even so thou knowest words: and

that which was written, was upright, not the works of God who maketh all.

even words of truth. 6 lil the morning sow thy seed, and in the even. II The words of the wise are as goads, and as ing withhold not thy hand : for thou knowest nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which not whether shall prosper, either this or that, are given from one shepherd. or whether they boih shall be alike good. 12 And ?urther, by these, my son, be admonish

7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing ed : of miaking many books there is no end ; and it is for the eyes to behold the su:

much study is a weariness of the flesh. 8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in 13 11 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole them all ; yet let him remeniber the days of dark-patter: Fear God, and keep his conımandulents: ness; for they shall be many. All that cometh for this is the whole duty of man. is vanity.

14 For God shall bring every work into judg. 9 4 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and ment, with every secret cluing, whether it be good, let thy lieart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, or whether it bé evil.

1 The Song of SOLOMON. CHAP. I.

7 Tell me, I thou whom my soul loveth, where The church's love to Christ.

thou seedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest Te Song of songs, which is Solomon's. at noon: for why should I be as one that turn

2 1.et him kiss me with the kisses of his eth aside by the flocks of thy companions ? Inauth: for thy love is better than wine. 841 If thou know not, O thou fairest among wo

3 Because of the savour of thy good ointments men, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the ty name is as ointment poured forth, theretore flock, and feed ihy kids beside the shepherds' do the virgins love thee.

tents. 4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the King 9 I have compared thee, O my love, to a comhatli brought ne into his chambers: we will be pany of horses in Pharaoh's chariots. glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy 10 'Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, love inore than wine: the upright love cliee. thy neck with chains of gold.

5 I am black, but comely, o ye daughters of Je- 11 We will make thee borders of gold with studs rusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of silver. of Solomon.

12 11 While the King sittelh at his table, ing 6 book not upon me, because I am black, be- spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. cause the sun hath looked upon me: nuy nio- 13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto ther's children were angry with me; they made me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. ine the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own 14 My beloved is unto me as a ciuster of cam. vineyard have I not kept.

phire in the vineyards of En-gedi.

I Ale the ruse of Sharon, and the lily of the kind schonhono veida igleters of Zion, and behandling

Christ's care of the church. CAP. II, III, IV, V.

His love to the church. 15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou every man hath his sword upon his thigh beart fair, thou hast doves' eyes.

cause of fear in the night. 16 Behold, thou art fair, niy beloved, yea, plea- 9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the eant : also onr bed is green.

wood of Lebanon. 17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our 10 He made the pillars thereof af silver, the bolo rasters of fir.

ioni thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, CHAP. II.

the midst thereof being paved with love, for uio of Christ and his church.

daughters of Jerusalem. valleys.

king Solonion with the crown wherewith his 2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, the daughters.

and in the day of the gladness of his heart. 3 As tlic apple-tree among the trees of tlie wood,

CHAP. IV. so is my beloved among the sous. I sat down

T'he graces of the church. under his sleadow with sercat delight, and his Bahip

: lomuamalat icono por hindi huong 4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear his banner over me was love.

from mount Gilead. 5 Stay me with tlagons, confort me with ap- 2 Thy teeth are like a flock of shcep that are ples: for I am sick of love.

even shorn, which canie up from the washing ; 6 His left hand is under any liead, and his right whercot every one bear twins, and none is vir hand doth embrace me.

ren aniong them. 71 charge you, Oye daughters of Jerusalem, by 3 Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, ani thy .the roes, and by the Jinds of the field, that ye speech is comcly: thy temples are like a piece stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please. or'a pomegranate within thy locks. 8 The voice of my beloved ! behold, he cometh 4 Thy neck is like the tower of David buildled leaping upou the mountains, skipping upon the for au armoury, whereon there hang a thousand hills.

bucklers, all shields of mighty men. 9 My beloved is like a roe, or a young hart: bc- 5 Thy two breasts are like two young rocs that hold,' he standeth behind our wall, he looketh are twins, which feed anong the lilies. forth at the windows, shewing himself through o Until the day break, and the shadows fee The lattice.

away, I will get me to live mountain of syrri, 10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise and io the hill of frankincense. up, my love, muy lair one, and come away. 7 Thou art will fair, my love; there is no spot

11 For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over in thee. and gone;

8 Come with me from I.ebanon, my spouse, with 12 The towers appear on the car!.h; the time me from Lebanou: look from the topioi Amana, of the singing of birds is coine, and the voice or trom the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the the turtle is heard in our land;

lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards. 13 The fiy-trec pulteth forth her green figs, and 9 Thou hast ravisbed my heart, niy sister, my the vines with the tender grapegive a good smell. sponse ; thou hast ravished my heart with one Arire, my love, my fair one, and come away. of thine eyes, with one chaiu of thy ricck.

14 10'iny dove, that ari in the clefts of the 10 llow lair is thy love, my sister, try spouse! rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see how niuch better is thy love than wine and the thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet smell of thinc ointments than all spices ! is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. Il Thy lips, O my swuse, drop as the honey

15 'Fake us the foxes, the little foses, thật spoil comb: lioney and milk are under thy tongue: the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. and the smell of thy garments is like the smell - 16 | My beloved is mine, and I am his: he of Lebanon. feedeth among the lilies.

12 A garden encloscd is my sister, my sponse : 17 Until lay break, and the shadows flee a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. away, luru, my beloved, and be thou like a roe 13 Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, CAP. 111.

14 Spikenard and saffron ; calammus and cimua The church's victory, &c.

mon, with all trees of franki:cense; myrrh and Y night on my bed I sought him whom my aloes, with all the chief spices :

soul loveth: I souglithin, but I found him not. 15 A fountain of gardens, a well of living wa. 9 I will rise now, and go about the city in the ters, and streams from Lebanon. streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him 16'11 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found south ; blow upon my garden, that the spices him not.

thereof may flow out. Letniy beloved comie 3 The watchmen that go about the city found into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. nie: to whom I said, Saw ye him whoin my soul

CHAP. V.

A description of Christ. ay it was but a little that I passed from them him, I havengathered my myrrh with my spice ;

AM come into my garden, my sister. my spouse: and would not let him go, until I had brought have eaten my honeycomb with niy honey í 1 him into my mother's house, and into the chain- have drunk iny wine with my milk : eat, o ber of' her that conceived me.

friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved. 51 charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, 2 11 1 sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the by the rves, and by the binds of the field, that ye voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, stir hot up, nor awake my love, till he please. Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, iny 6 Who is this that cometh one of the wilder- undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and ness like pillars of sınoke, perfuined with myrrh my locks with the drops of the night. and frankincense, with all powders of the mier- 3 1 bave put off my coat; how shall I put it on? chant ?

I have washed my feet; how shall I delile them? 7 Behold his bed, which is Solomon's: threescore 4 My beloved put in his hand by the hcle of valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel. the door, and my bowels were moved for him. & They all hold swords, being expert in war: 5 1 rose up to open to my beloved ; and any

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Christ's love to the church.

SOLOMON'S SONG. The church's love to Christ hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunsweet-smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the ning workman. Jock.

2 Thy navel 28 like a round goblet, which want6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had eth not liquor; lhy belly is like a heap of wheat withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul fail- set about with lilies. ed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not 3 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that find him; Icalled him, but hegave ine no answer. are twins.

i The watchmen that went about the city found 4 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes me, they sinote me, they wounded me: the keep- like the fish-pools in Heshbon, by the gate of ers of the walls took away my vail from me. Bath-rabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Leba

8 ! charge you, o daughters of Jerusalem, if non which looketh toward Damascus. ye ind iny beloved, that ye tell him, that I am 5 Thy head upon thee is like Carmel, and tlie sick of love.

hair of thy head like purple; the King is held 9 What is thy beloved more than another be in the galleries. loved, O thou fairest among women ? what is 6 How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, thy beloved more than another beloved, that for delights! thou dost so charge us ?

7 This thy stature is like to a palm-tree, and JO My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest thy breasts to clusters of grapes. among ten thousand.

8 I said, I will go up to the palm-tree, I will 11 His liead is as the most fine gold, his locks take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy are bushy, and black as a raven.

breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the 12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the smell of thy nose like apples ; rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly sct. 9 And the roof of thy inouta like the best wine 13 Iis cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causNowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet- ing the lips of those that are asleep to speak. smelling myrrh.

10 ! I am my beloved's, and his desire is to14 His hands are as gold rings set with the ward me. beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with 11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the sapphires.

field; let us lodge in the villages. 15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon 12 Let us get up early to the vineyards ; let it sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Le- see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape banon, excellent as the redars.

appear, and the pomegranates bud forth : there 16 llis inonth is most sweet: yea, he is alto- will I give thee my loves. gellier lovely. This is my beloved, and this is 13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates my friend, o daughters of Jerusalem. are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, CIAP. VI.

which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved. The church professelh her faith.

CHAP. VIII.

, Love of the church to Christ. est is thy beloved turned aside ? that we may seck him with anvel OTUAT uliou were as my brother, ihat suck

ed the breasts of my mother! when I should 2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, lo find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to should not be despised. gather lilies.

2 I would lead thee, and bring thee into my 3 I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine : mother's house, who would instruct me: I wowd he feedeth ainong the lilies.

cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice 4 1 Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, of my pomegranate. comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with 3 His len band should be under my head, and banners.

his right hand should embrace me. 5 Turn away thinc eyes from me, for they have 4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goals ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he plense. that appear from Gilead.

5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilder6 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go ness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up up from the washing, whereof every one beareih under the apple-tree: there thy inother brought twins, and there is not one barren aniong them. thee (orth : there she brought thee forth that

7. As a piece of a pumegranate are thy temples bare thee. within thy locks.

6 1 Set me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal 8 There are threescore quecns, and fourscore upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; concubines, and virgins without number. jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof

9 My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement only one of her mother, slie is the choice one of fame. her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and 7 Many waters cagnot quench love, neither blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, can the floods drown it: if a man wonld give and they praised her

all the substance of his house for love, it would 10 4 Who is she that looketh forth as the utterly be contemned. morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, 811 We have a little sister, and she hath no and terrible as an army with banners ?

breasts : what shall we do for our sister iu the 11 I went down into ihe gardeu of nuts to see day when she shall be spoken for? the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the 9 ti she be a wall, we will build upon hier a vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded. palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will

12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like enclose her with boards of cedar. the chariots of Amini-nadib.

10 1 ann a wall, and my breasts like towers: 13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, re- then was I in his eyes as one that found favour. turn, tha: we may look upon thee. What will 11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hainon; ye see in the Shulamite ?' As it were the com- he let out the vineyard unio keepers; every one pany of two armies.

for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand CHAP. VII.

pieces of silver. The graces of the church.

12 My vineyard which is mine, is before me: prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

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