Song of Songs 2

1I am only a wild flower in Sharon,

a lily in a mountain valley.

The Man

2Like a lily among thorns

is my darling among women.

The Woman

3Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest,

so is my dearest compared to other men.

I love to sit in its shadow,

and its fruit is sweet to my taste.

4He brought me to his banquet hall

and raised the banner of love over me.

5Restore my strength with raisins

and refresh me with apples!

I am weak from passion.

6His left hand is under my head,

and his right hand caresses me.

7Promise me, women of Jerusalem;

swear by the swift deer and the gazelles

that you will not interrupt our love.

The Second Song

The Woman

8I hear my lover's voice.

He comes running over the mountains,

racing across the hills to me.

9My lover is like a gazelle,

like a young stag.

There he stands beside the wall.

He looks in through the window

and glances through the lattice.

10My lover speaks to me.

The Man

Come then, my love;

my darling, come with me.

11The winter is over; the rains have stopped;

12in the countryside the flowers are in bloom.

This is the time for singing;

the song of doves is heard in the fields.

13Figs are beginning to ripen;

the air is fragrant with blossoming vines.

Come then, my love;

my darling, come with me.

14You are like a dove that hides

in the crevice of a rock.

Let me see your lovely face

and hear your enchanting voice.

15Catch the foxes, the little foxes,

before they ruin our vineyard in bloom.

The Woman

16My lover is mine, and I am his.

He feeds his flock among the lilies

17until the morning breezes blow

and the darkness disappears.

Return, my darling, like a gazelle,

like a stag on the mountains of Bether.