1 All night long on my bed ¶ I looked for the one my heart loves; ¶ I looked for him but did not find him.
2 I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; ¶ I will search for the one my heart loves. ¶ So I looked for him but did not find him.
3 The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. ¶ "Have you seen the one my heart loves?"
4 Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. ¶ I held him and would not let him go ¶ till I had brought him to my mother's house, ¶ to the room of the one who conceived me.
5 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.
6 Who is this coming up from the wilderness ¶ like a column of smoke, ¶ perfumed with myrrh and incense ¶ made from all the spices of the merchant?
7 Look! It is Solomon's carriage, escorted by sixty warriors, ¶ the noblest of Israel,
8 all of them wearing the sword, all experienced in battle, ¶ each with his sword at his side, ¶ prepared for the terrors of the night.
9 King Solomon made for himself the carriage; he made it of wood from Lebanon.
10 Its posts he made of silver, its base of gold. ¶ Its seat was upholstered with purple, ¶ its interior inlaid with love. ¶ Daughters of Jerusalem,
11 come out, and look, you daughters of Zion. ¶ Look [^1] on King Solomon wearing a crown, ¶ the crown with which his mother crowned him ¶ on the day of his wedding, ¶ the day his heart rejoiced.