Song of Songs 2

The Lily among the Thorns and the Apple Tree in the Forest

The Beloved to Her Lover:

2:1 I am a1 meadow flower2 from Sharon,3

a lily4 from the valleys.

The Lover to His Beloved:

2:2 Like5 a lily among the thorns,6

so is my darling among the maidens.

The Beloved about Her Lover:

2:3 Like7 an apple tree8 among the trees of the forest,

so is my beloved among the young men.

I delight9 to sit10 in his shade,11

and his fruit12 is sweet13 to my taste.14

The Banquet Hall for the Love-Sick

The Beloved about Her Lover:

2:4 He brought me15 into the banquet hall,16

and he looked17 at me lovingly.18

2:5 Sustain19 me with raisin cakes,20

refresh me with apples,21

for I am faint with love.22

The Double Refrain: Embracing and Adjuration

2:6 His left hand caresses my head,23

and his right hand stimulates me.24

The Beloved to the Maidens:

2:7 I adjure you,25 O maidens of Jerusalem,

by the gazelles and by the young does26 of the open fields:27

Do not awaken or arouse28 love29 until it pleases!30

The Arrival of the Lover

The Beloved about Her Lover:

2:8 Listen!31 My lover is approaching!32

Look!33 Here he comes,

leaping over the mountains,

bounding over the hills!

2:9 My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.34

Look! There he stands behind our wall,

gazing through the window,

peering through the lattice.

The Season of Love and the Song of the Turtle-Dove

The Lover to His Beloved:

2:10 My lover spoke to me, saying:

“Arise, my darling;

My beautiful one, come away with me!

2:11 Look! The winter has passed,

the winter rains are over and gone.

2:12 The pomegranates have appeared35 in the land,

the time for pruning and singing36 has come;

the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

2:13 The fig tree has budded,

the vines have blossomed and give off their fragrance.

Arise, come away my darling;

my beautiful one, come away with me!”

The Dove in the Clefts of En-Gedi

The Lover to His Beloved:

2:14 O my dove,37 in the clefts of the rock,

in the hiding places of the mountain crags,

let me see your face,

let me hear your voice;

for your voice is sweet,

and your face is lovely.

The Foxes in the Vineyard

The Beloved to Her Lover:

2:15 Catch38 the foxes39 for us,

the little foxes,40

that ruin the vineyards41

for our vineyard is in bloom.

Poetic Refrain: Mutual Possession

The Beloved about Her Lover:

2:16 My lover is mine and I am his;

he grazes among the lilies.42

The Gazelle and the Rugged Mountains

The Beloved to Her Lover:

2:17 Until the dawn arrives43 and the shadows flee,

turn,44 my beloved –

be like a gazelle or a young stag

on the mountain gorges.45

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