Douay-Rheims Bible

Song of Songs 4

Christ setteth forth the graces of the Church.

Song of Songs 4:1 How beautiful art thou, my love, how beautiful art thou! thy eyes are doves' eyes, besides what is hid within. Thy hair is as flocks of goats, which come up from mount Galaad. Song of Songs 4:2 Thy teeth as flocks of sheep, that are shorn, which come up from the washing, all with twins, and there is none barren among them. Song of Songs 4:3 Thy lips are as a scarlet lace: and thy speech sweet. Thy cheeks are as a piece of a pomegranate, besides that which lieth hid within. Song of Songs 4:4 Thy neck, is as the tower of David, which is built with bulwarks: a thousand bucklers hang upon it, all the armour of valiant men. Song of Songs 4:5 Thy two breasts like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies. Song of Songs 4:6 Till the day break, and the shadows retire, I will go to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense. Song of Songs 4:7 Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee.

He sheweth his love to her.

Song of Songs 4:8 Come from Libanus, my spouse, come from Libanus, come: thou shalt be crowned from the top of Amana, from the top of Sanir and Hermon, from the dens of the lions, from the mountains of the leopards. Song of Songs 4:9 Thou hast wounded my heart, my sister, my spouse, thou hast wounded my heart with one of thy eyes, and with one hair of thy neck. Song of Songs 4:10 How beautiful are thy breasts, my sister, my spouse! thy breasts are more beautiful than wine, and the sweet smell of thy ointments above all aromatical spices. Song of Songs 4:11 Thy lips, my spouse, are as a dropping honeycomb, honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments, as the smell of frankincense. Song of Songs 4:12 My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up. Song of Songs 4:13 Thy plants are a paradise of pomegranates with the fruits of the orchard. Cypress with spikenard. Song of Songs 4:14 Spikenard and saffron, sweet cane and cinnamon, with all the trees of Libanus, myrrh and aloes with all the chief perfumes. Song of Songs 4:15 The fountain of gardens: the well of living waters, which run with a strong stream from Libanus.

The Church prayeth to be made fit for his presence.

Song of Songs 4:16 Arise, O north wind, and come, O south wind, blow through my garden, and let the aromatical spices thereof flow.

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