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Song of Songs 3

Young Woman
 1  One night as I lay in bed, I yearned for my lover.
  I yearned for him, but he did not come.
 2  So I said to myself, "I will get up and roam the city,
  searching in all its streets and squares.
I will search for the one I love."
  So I searched everywhere but did not find him.
 3  The watchmen stopped me as they made their rounds,
  and I asked, "Have you seen the one I love?"
 4  Then scarcely had I left them
  when I found my love!
I caught and held him tightly,
  then I brought him to my mother's house,
  into my mother's bed, where I had been conceived.

 5  Promise me, O women of Jerusalem,
  by the gazelles and wild deer,
  not to awaken love until the time is right. [5] 

Young Women of Jerusalem
 6  Who is this sweeping in from the wilderness
  like a cloud of smoke?
Who is it, fragrant with myrrh and frankincense
  and every kind of spice?
 7  Look, it is Solomon's carriage,
  surrounded by sixty heroic men,
  the best of Israel's soldiers.
 8  They are all skilled swordsmen,
  experienced warriors.
Each wears a sword on his thigh,
  ready to defend the king against an attack in the night.
 9  King Solomon's carriage is built
  of wood imported from Lebanon.
 10  Its posts are silver,
  its canopy gold;
  its cushions are purple.
It was decorated with love
  by the young women of Jerusalem.

Young Woman
 11  Come out to see King Solomon,
  young women of Jerusalem. [11] 
He wears the crown his mother gave him on his wedding day,
  his most joyous day.
<<  3:5 Or not to awaken love until it is ready.
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