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loveth. I sought him, but I found him not.

The watchmen that go about the city, found me, to whom I said : saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

It was but a little that I passed from them : but I found him whom my soul loveth.

I held him, and would not let him go : until I had brought him into my mother's house, into the chamber of her that conceived me.

Bridegroom. Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness : like pillars of Imoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense?


Behold his bed, which is Solo. mon's, threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel : They all hold swords, being expert in war, every man hath his sword upon his thigh, because of fear in the night.

Go forth, Oye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crown'd him : in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.

Behold, thou art fair, my love: behold, thou art fair.

Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely : thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate.

I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense : thou art all fair, my love, there is no spot in thee. Thou haft ravished my heart, my


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filter, my spouse: thou haft ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, and with one chain of thy neck.

Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honey.comb : honey and milk are under thy tongue, and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

A garden enclosed is my fifter, my spouse: a spring shut up, a fountain

L.aled. Bride. Awake, O north-wind, and come thou fouth, blow upon my garden : that the spices thereof may flow out.

Let my beloved come into his garden : and eat his pleasant fruits.

I am come into my garden : my

fifter, my spouse! I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved, that knocketh.

Open to me, my sister, my my dove, my undefiled : for my head is filled with dew, and my

locks with the drops of the night. I have put off my coat, how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet, how shall I defile them?

My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door: and my

bowels were moved in me. I rose up to open to my beloved : my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet-smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.

I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake.

I sought him, but I could not find him : I called him, but he gave me no answer.

The watchmen that went about the city, found me, they finote me, they wounded me: the keepers of



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the walls took away my vail from me.

I charge you, Oye daughters of Jerusalem : if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am fick of love.

What is thy Beloved more than
another beloved, Othou faireft
among women ? What is thy be-
loved more than another beloved,

that thou doft so charge as ?
My beloved is white and ruddy:
the chiefest among ten thousand.

Such is my beloved : and such is my friend, o daughters of Jerufa. lem.

My Dove, my undefiled is but one: she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her.

The daughters saw her, and blefe sed her: who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible

as an army with banners ?
Or ever I was aware : my soul
made me like the chariots of Ammi-

Return, return, O Shulamite :
return, return, that we may look

upon thee,

What will ye see in the Shulamite !

1 Chor.
As it were the company of Maha-

2 Chor.
How beautiful are thy feet with
shoes: O princes daughter!

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Bride. I am my beloved's : and his desire is towards me.

Come, my beloved ; let us go forth into the field, let us lodge in the villages.

O that thou wert as my brother that fucked the breasts of my mo. ther; when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee, yea they should not despise me: I would lead thee and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me.

Who is this that cometh up from the the wilderness, leaning uport her beloved ? I raised thee up under the apple-tree, there thy mother brought thee forth, there she brought thee

forth that bare thee.
Both together.
Set 'me as a seal


thine heart : as a seal


thine arm ! Love is strong as death : jealousy is cruel as the grave.

The coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame : many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.

If a man would give all the sub. stance of his house for love: it would utterly be contemned.

What shall we do for our sister :
in the day when she Mall be spoken

Then was I in his eyes : as one that found favour.

Thou that dwellest in the gardens:

cause me to hear thy voice.

The companions hearken to it.


behold a cry.

, and shall have purged the blood (9) T darknes

, have seen a great

Hymns of Isaiah. pray you, betwixt me and my vine

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that day shall the Branch of done in it? 1 Jehovah be beautiful and glo Wherefore, when I looked that it rious : and the fruit of the earth hall should bring forth grapes : brought be excellent and comely for them it forth wild grapes ? that are escaped of Israel.

III. And it shall come to pass, that he

The vineyard of the Lord of that is left in Zion, and he that re- hosts is the house of Israel, and the maineth in Jerusalem, shall be called men of Judah his pleasant plant : holy: even every one that is written and he looked for righteousness, but among the living in Jerusalem; When the Lord shall have washed

61. away the filth of the 'daughters of

HE people that in of Jerusalem from the midst thereof : by the spirit of judgment, and by the light they that dwell in the land of spirit of burning

the shadow of death, upon them hach And Jehovah will create upon e. the light shined. very dwelling place of mount Zion, Thou haft multiplied the nation: and upon her assemblies, a cloud and and not increased the joy. smoke by day, and the Mining of a They joy before thee, according flaming fire by night : for upon all to the joy in harvest : and as mea the glory shall be a defence.

rejoice when they divide the spoil. And there shall be a tabernacle For thou hast broken the yoke of for a shadow in the day-time from his burden, and the staff of his the heat: and for a place of re- shoulder, the rod of his oppressor : fuge, and for a covert from storm every battle of the warrior is with and from rain.

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in blood, but this shall be with burnConcerning the vineyard of his ing and fewel of fire.

For unto us a Child is born : unto Beloved.

us a Son is given. I.

And the government shall be upOW will I sing to my well. on his shoulder: and his name shall

beloved a song of my be- be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, loved touching his vineyard : my the mighty God, the everlasting Fawell-beloved hath a vineyard in a ther, the Prince of peace. very fruitful hill.

Of the increase of his government And be fenced it, and gathered and peace there shall be no end : upout the tones thereof : and planted on the throne of David and upon his it with the choicest vine.

kingdom; II.

To order it, and to establish it And now, O inhabitants of Jeru. with judgment and with juttice : salem, and men of Judah, judge, I from henceforth even for ever.

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