1 Where has your beloved gone,
O cmost beautiful among women?
Where has your beloved turned,
that we may seek him with you?
2 My beloved has gone down to his qgarden
to rthe beds of spices,
and to gather tlilies.
3 uI am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;
he grazes among the lilies.
4 You are beautiful as vTirzah, wmy love,
zawesome as an army with banners.
5 Turn away your eyes from me,
for they overwhelm me—
aYour hair is like a flock of goats
leaping down the slopes of Gilead.
6 bYour teeth are like a flock of ewes
that have come up from the washing;
all of them bear twins;
not one among them has lost its young.
7 cYour cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.
8 There are dsixty equeens and eighty econcubines,
and fvirgins without number.
9 My gdove, my hperfect one, is the only one,
the only one of her mother,
pure to iher who bore her.
jThe young women saw her and called her blessed;
10 k“Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,
lawesome as an army with banners?”
11 I went down to the nut orchard
to look at mthe blossoms of the valley,
nto see whether the vines had budded,
whether the pomegranates were in bloom.
12 oBefore I was aware, my desire set me
13 3 Return, return, O qShulammite,
return, return, that we may look upon you.
Why should you look upon qthe Shulammite,
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