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Friends

1Where has your beloved gone, you fairest amongst women?

Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you?

Beloved

2My beloved has gone down to his garden,

to the beds of spices,

to pasture his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

3I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.

He browses amongst the lilies.

Lover

4You are beautiful, my love, as Tirzah,

lovely as Jerusalem,

awesome as an army with banners.

5Turn away your eyes from me,

for they have overcome me.

Your hair is like a flock of goats,

that lie along the side of Gilead.

6Your teeth are like a flock of ewes,

which have come up from the washing,

of which every one has twins;

not one is bereaved amongst them.

7Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil.

8There are sixty queens, eighty concubines,

and virgins without number.

9My dove, my perfect one, is unique.

She is her mother’s only daughter.

She is the favourite one of her who bore her.

The daughters saw her, and called her blessed.

The queens and the concubines saw her, and they praised her.

10Who is she who looks out as the morning,

beautiful as the moon,

clear as the sun,

and awesome as an army with banners?

11I went down into the nut tree grove,

to see the green plants of the valley,

to see whether the vine budded,

and the pomegranates were in flower.

12Without realising it,

my desire set me with my royal people’s chariots.

Friends

13Return, return, Shulammite!

Return, return, that we may gaze at you.

Lover

Why do you desire to gaze at the Shulammite,

as at the dance of Mahanaim?

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