1At night on my bed, I look for the man I love. I looked for him, but I could not find him! 2I will get up now! I will go around the city. In the streets and squares, I will look for the man I love. I looked for him, but I could not find him! 3The guards patrolling the city found me. ˻I asked them,˼ ”Have you seen the man I love?” 4I had just left the guards when I found the man I love! I held him. I would not let him go, while I took him to my mother’s house, to the room of she who bore me. 5Women of Jerusalem, promise me, by the gazelles and wild deer, don’t wake love, don’t arouse love, until I am ready. 6Who is this woman coming from the desert ˻with this large group of people˼? ˻The dust rises behind them˼ like clouds of smoke from burning myrrh and frankincense and other spices. 7Look, Solomon’s traveling chair! There are 60 soldiers guarding it. Strong soldiers of Israel! 8All of them are trained fighting men; their swords at their side, ready for any danger of the night! 9King Solomon made a traveling chair for himself. The wood came from Lebanon. 10The poles were made from silver, the supports were made from gold. The seat was covered with purple cloth. It was inlaid with love by the women of Jerusalem. 11Women of Zion, come out and see King Solomon See the crown his mother put on him the day he was married, the day he was so happy!
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