1 LOVER: I come into my garden, my sister, my promised bride, I pick my myrrh and balsam, I eat my honey and my honeycomb, I drink my wine and my milk. POET: Eat, friends, and drink, drink deep, my dearest friends.
Song 6:2 John 15:14-15 Song 4:16 John 3:29 Isa 61:11 Rev 22:17 Deut 16:13-17
2 BELOVED: I sleep, but my heart is awake. I hear my love knocking. 'Open to me, my sister, my beloved, my dove, my perfect one, for my head is wet with dew, my hair with the drops of night.'
Song 2:14 Song 6:9 Rev 3:20 Song 8:7 Gen 29:20 Gen 31:40-41 Isa 50:6
3 -'I have taken off my tunic, am I to put it on again? I have washed my feet, am I to dirty them again?'
Luke 11:7 Matt 25:5 Matt 26:38-43 Rom 7:22-23 Prov 3:28 Prov 13:4 Prov 22:13
4 My love thrust his hand through the hole in the door; I trembled to the core of my being.
1John 3:16-17 1Kgs 3:26 2Cor 8:1-2 2Cor 8:16 Acts 16:14 Gen 43:30 Isa 26:8-9
5 Then I got up to open to my love, myrrh ran off my hands, pure myrrh off my fingers, on to the handle of the bolt.
Song 5:13 2Cor 7:7 2Cor 7:9-11 Eph 3:17 Luke 12:36 Rev 3:20 Song 3:6
6 I opened to my love, but he had turned and gone. My soul failed at his flight, I sought but could not find him, I called, but he did not answer.
Song 5:2 1Sam 28:6 2Sam 16:10 Gen 42:28 Hos 5:6 Hos 5:15 Isa 8:17
7 The watchmen met me, those who go on their rounds in the city. They beat me, they wounded me, they took my cloak away from me: those guardians of the ramparts!
Song 3:3 1Cor 4:10-13 1Pet 4:14-16 2Cor 11:13 Acts 5:40-41 Acts 20:29-30 Acts 26:9-10
8 I charge you, daughters of Jerusalem, if you should find my love, what are you to tell him? -That I am sick with love!
Song 2:7 Song 2:5 Ps 42:1-3 Song 3:5 Gal 6:1-2 Jas 5:16 Ps 63:1-3
9 CHORUS: What makes your lover better than other lovers, O loveliest of women? What makes your lover better than other lovers, to put us under such an oath?
Song 1:8 Song 6:1 Song 6:9-10 Isa 53:2 Matt 16:13-17 Ps 45:13 Ps 87:3
10 BELOVED: My love is fresh and ruddy, to be known among ten thousand.
Ps 45:2 1Sam 16:12 Col 1:18 Deut 32:31 Heb 2:10 Heb 7:26 Isa 10:18
11 His head is golden, purest gold, his locks are palm fronds and black as the raven.
Dan 2:37-38 Dan 7:9 Eph 1:21-22 Rev 1:14 Song 5:2 Song 7:5
12 His eyes are like doves beside the water-courses, bathing themselves in milk, perching on a fountain-rim.
Song 1:15 Song 4:1 Heb 4:13
13 His cheeks are beds of spices, banks sweetly scented. His lips are lilies, distilling pure myrrh.
Song 1:10 Song 2:1 Song 6:2 Isa 50:6 Luke 4:22 Ps 4:6-7 Ps 27:4
14 His hands are golden, rounded, set with jewels of Tarshish. His belly a block of ivory covered with sapphires.
Exod 24:10 Isa 54:11 Exod 15:6 Exod 28:20 Exod 39:13 Ezek 1:16 Ezek 1:26-28
15 His legs are alabaster columns set in sockets of pure gold. His appearance is that of Lebanon, unrivalled as the cedars.
1Kgs 4:33 1Tim 3:16 Acts 2:28 Exod 26:19 Hos 14:7 Judg 13:6 Matt 17:2
16 His conversation is sweetness itself, he is altogether lovable. Such is my love, such is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
Isa 9:6-7 Ps 45:2 Song 7:9 1Pet 2:6-7 Gal 2:20 Hos 3:1 Jas 2:23