Bishops' Bible

Song of Songs 8

The love of the Church to Christ.

Song of Songs 8:1 O that I might finde thee without and kisse thee, whom I loue as my brother whiche suckt my mothers brestes, and that thou shalt not be dispised, Song of Songs 8:2 I wyll leade thee and bryng thee into my mothers house, that thou myghtest teache me, and that I myght geue thee drynke of the spiced wine, and of the sweete sappe of my pomegranates. Song of Songs 8:3 His left hande shalbe vnder my head, and his ryght hande shall imbrace me. Song of Songs 8:4 I charge you O ye daughters of Hierusalem that ye wake not vp my loue, nor touche her, tyll she be content her selfe. Song of Songs 8:5 (What is she this that cometh vp from the wildernesse, and leaneth vpon her loue?) I wake thee vp among the apple trees where thy mother conceaued thee, where thy mother [I say] brought thee into the worlde.

The vehemency of love.

Song of Songs 8:6 O set me as a seale vpon thine heart, and as a seale vpon thine arme: for loue is myghtie as the death, and gelousie as the hell. Song of Songs 8:7 Her coales are coales of fire, and a very vehement flambe [of the Lorde]: so that many waters are not able to quenche loue, neither may the streames drowne it: Yea yf a man woulde geue all the good of his house for loue, he shoulde count it nothyng.

The calling of the Gentiles.

Song of Songs 8:8 Our sister is but young and hath no brestes: what shall we do for our sister when she shalbe spoken for? Song of Songs 8:9 If she be a wall, we shall builde a siluer bulwarke thervpon: yf she be a doore, we shall fasten her with boordes of Cedar tree. Song of Songs 8:10 I am a wall, and my brestes lyke towres, then was I as one that hath founde fauour in his syght. Song of Songs 8:11 Solomon hath a vineyarde at BaalHamon: and this vineyarde deliuered he vnto the kepers, that euery one for the fruite therof shoulde geue hym a thousande peeces of siluer. Song of Songs 8:12 My vineyarde which is myne, is in my syght: thou (O Solomon) must haue a thousande, and the kepers two hundred, which kepe the fruite. Song of Songs 8:13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, O let me heare thy voyce, that my companions may hearken to the same.

The Church prayeth for Christ's coming.

Song of Songs 8:14 O get thee away my loue, and be as a roe or a young hart vpon the sweete smellyng mountaynes.

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