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 3:1   On my bed night after night / I sought him whom my soul loves; / I sought him, but found him not.

 3:2   I will rise now and go about in the city; / In the streets and in the squares / I will seek him whom my soul loves. / I sought him, but found him not.

 3:3   The watchmen who go about in the city found me ó / Have you seen him whom my soul loves?

 3:4   Scarcely had I passed them / When I found him whom my soul loves; / I held him and would not let go / Until I had brought him into my motherís house / And into the chamber of her who conceived me.

 3:5   I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, / By the gazelles or by the hinds of the fields, / Not to rouse up or awaken my love / Until she pleases.

 3:6   Who is she who comes up from the wilderness / Like pillars of smoke, / Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, / With all the fragrant powders of the merchant?

 3:7   There is Solomonís bed; / Sixty mighty men surround it, / Of the mighty men of Israel.

 3:8   All of them wield the sword and are expert in war; / Each man has his sword at his thigh / Because of the night alarms.

 3:9   King Solomon made himself a palanquin / Of the wood of Lebanon.

 3:10   Its posts he made of silver, / Its bottom, of gold; / Its seat, of purple; / Its midst was inlaid with love / From the daughters of Jerusalem.

 3:11   Go forth, O daughters of Zion, / And look at King Solomon with the crown / With which his mother crowned him / On the day of his espousals, / Yes, on the day of the gladness of his heart.

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