Bishops' Bible

Song of Songs 3

The Church's fight and victory in temptation.

Song of Songs 3:1 By night in my bed I sought hym whom my soule loueth: yea diligently sought I him, but I found him not. Song of Songs 3:2 I will get vp [thought] & go about the citie, in the wayes in all the streates wyll I seeke hym whom my soule loueth: but when I sought him I founde him not. Song of Songs 3:3 The watchmen also that go about the citie, founde me [to whom I sayde] Sawe ye not hym whom my soule loueth? Song of Songs 3:4 So when I was a litle past them, I founde him whom my soule loueth: I haue gotten holde vpon hym, and wyll not let him go, vntyll I bryng him into my mothers house, and into her chaumber that bare me. Song of Songs 3:5 I charge you O ye daughters of Hierusalem by the roes and hyndes of the fielde, that ye wake not vp my loue, nor touch her, till she be content her self.

The Church glorieth in Christ.

Song of Songs 3:6 Who is this that commeth vp out of the wyldernesse like vapours of smoke, as it were a smell of myrre, frankensence, and all maner spices of the Apothecarie? Song of Songs 3:7 Beholde, about Solomons bedsteede there stande threescore valiaunt, of the most mightie in Israel: They holde swordes euery one, and are expert in warre. Song of Songs 3:8 Euery man also hath his sworde vpon his thigh, because of feare in the night. Song of Songs 3:9 Kyng Solomon had made him selfe a pallace of the wood of Libanus, Song of Songs 3:10 the pillers are of siluer, the couering of golde, the seate of purple, the grounde is pleasauntly paued with loue for the daughters of Hierusalem. Song of Songs 3:11 Go foorth (O ye daughters of Sion) and beholde king Solomon in the crowne wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his mariage, and in the day of the gladnesse of his heart.

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