1 I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
2 As a lily among the bramble,
so is my darling among the young women.
3 As the apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my lover among the young men.
I sat down under his shadow with great delight,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
4 He brought me to the house of wine,
and his banner toward me is love.
5 Strengthen me with raisins,
refresh me with apples,
for I am faint from love.
6 His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me.
7 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or by the does of the field,
that you not stir up nor awaken love
until it so desires.
8 Listen! My lover!
Behold, he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
bounding across the hills.
9 My lover is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Behold, he stands behind our wall!
He looks in through the windows.
He peers through the lattice.
10 My lover spoke and said to me,
“Rise up, my darling,
my beautiful one, and come away.
11 For, behold, the winter is past.
The rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth.
The time of the singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree has put forth her green figs.
The vines are in blossom. They give forth their fragrance.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
and come away.”
14 My dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the hiding places of the mountainside,
let me see 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 spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in bloom.
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his.
He grazes among the lilies.
17 Until the day awakes
and the shadows flee away,
turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle
or a young stag on the cleft mountains.