Passage: Song of Songs 2:1-10 (RSV)

Song of Songs 2

1I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.
2As a lily among brambles, so is my love among maidens.
3As an apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among young men. With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
4He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
5Sustain me with raisins, refresh me with apples; for I am sick with love.
6O that his left hand were under my head, and that his right hand embraced me!
7I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the hinds of the field, that you stir not up nor awaken love until it please.
8The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.
9My beloved is like a gazelle, or a young stag. Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice.
10My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away;

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