1This is Solomon’s song of songs, more wonderful than any other.2[Young Woman] Kiss me and kiss me again, for your love is sweeter than wine.3How fragrant your cologne; your name is like its spreading fragrance. No wonder all the young women love you!4Take me with you; come, let’s run! The king has brought me into his bedroom. [Young Women of Jerusalem] How happy we are for you, O king. We praise your love even more than wine. [Young Woman] How right they are to adore you.5I am dark but beautiful, O women of Jerusalem - dark as the tents of Kedar, dark as the curtains of Solomon’s tents.6Don’t stare at me because I am dark - the sun has darkened my skin. My brothers were angry with me; they forced me to care for their vineyards, so I couldn’t care for myself - my own vineyard.7Tell me, my love, where are you leading your flock today? Where will you rest your sheep at noon? For why should I wander like a prostitute among your friends and their flocks?8[Young Man] If you don’t know, O most beautiful woman, follow the trail of my flock, and graze your young goats by the shepherds’ tents.9You are as exciting, my darling, as a mare among Pharaoh’s stallions.10How lovely are your cheeks; your earrings set them afire! How lovely is your neck, enhanced by a string of jewels.11We will make for you earrings of gold and beads of silver.12[Young Woman] The king is lying on his couch, enchanted by the fragrance of my perfume.13My lover is like a sachet of myrrh lying between my breasts.14He is like a bouquet of sweet henna blossoms from the vineyards of En-gedi.15[Young Man] How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful! Your eyes are like doves.16[Young Woman] You are so handsome, my love, pleasing beyond words! The soft grass is our bed;17fragrant cedar branches are the beams of our house, and pleasant smelling firs are the rafters.