1 I am a rose [^1] of Sharon, ¶ a lily of the valleys.
2 Like a lily among thorns ¶ is my darling among the young women.
3 Like an apple [^2] tree among the trees of the forest ¶ is my beloved among the young men. ¶ I delight to sit in his shade, ¶ and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.
5 Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, ¶ for I am faint with love.
6 His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.
7 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: ¶ Do not arouse or awaken love ¶ until it so desires.
8 Listen! My beloved! ¶ Look! Here he comes, ¶ leaping across the mountains, ¶ bounding over the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall, ¶ gazing through the windows, ¶ peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me, "Arise, my darling, ¶ my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, ¶ the cooing of doves ¶ is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. ¶ Arise, come, my darling; ¶ my beautiful one, come with me."
14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, ¶ in the hiding places on the mountainside, ¶ show me your face, ¶ let me hear your voice; ¶ for your voice is sweet, ¶ and your face is lovely.
15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes ¶ that ruin the vineyards, ¶ our vineyards that are in bloom.
16 My beloved is mine and I am his; ¶ he browses among the lilies.
17 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, ¶ turn, my beloved, ¶ and be like a gazelle ¶ or like a young stag ¶ on the rugged hills. [^3]