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SONG OF SOLOMON: 5:1, by            
First Line: I came into my garden
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


1

I came into my garden
saw my sister there
but saw her as my wife

I picked my sweet plant
ate my honeycomb with honey
drank my wine with milk

(I told them) eat, friends
drink & go on drinking
O sweet love

2

I slept
my heart was moving
heard her voice

a knocking at the door
(says) open for me
sister
love
my love
my dove
my head was wet
with dew the night
bathed in my hair

3

he put his hand against
the keyhole

made me feel him
down my belly

4

I got up
I would let him in
my hands smelled sweet

my fingers
smelling sweet
against the lock

5

had opened for him
my sweet love
was gone had left me

(says) he spoke
I felt my breath go
would look for him

but couldn't find him
& called to him
he didn't answer

6

is he more sweet
than others?
is she more beautiful?

is her sweet love
more beautiful?
has she told it to us right?

7

sometimes pale
he blushes
is better than 10,000 men

gold skin of forehead
bushy hair
& black is like a crow

with dove's eyes
looking at a river
washed with milk
in perfect space

to hold his cheeks
a spice bed
his lips like lilies
breathing a sweet spice

through hands with gold rings
beryl at center
his belly is high ivory
& sapphire

marble legs
like columns into pure gold sockets
his face
a strength like cedar

sweetness at his mouth
"is altogether lovely
"is my sweet love
"is my friend


Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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