Song of Songs 2
The mutual love of Christ and his Church.
Song of Songs 2:1 I am the rose of the fielde, and the lilie of the valleys. Song of Songs 2:2 Like a lilie amog the thornes, so is my loue among the daughters. Song of Songs 2:3 Like the apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my welbeloued among the sonnes of men: vnder his shadow had I delite, & sate downe: and his fruite was sweete vnto my mouth. Song of Songs 2:4 Hee brought mee into the wine cellar, and loue was his banner ouer me. Song of Songs 2:5 Stay me with flagons, and comfort me with apples: for I am sicke of loue. Song of Songs 2:6 His left hande is vnder mine head, and his right hand doeth imbrace me. Song of Songs 2:7 I charge you, O daughters of Ierusalem, by the roes and by the hindes of the fielde, that ye stirre not vp, nor waken my loue, vntill she please.
Song of Songs 2:8 It is the voyce of my welbeloued: beholde, hee commeth leaping by the mountaines, and skipping by the hilles. Song of Songs 2:9 My welbeloued is like a roe, or a yong hart: loe, he standeth behinde our wall, looking forth of the windowes, shewing him selfe through the grates.
and calling of the Church.
Song of Songs 2:10 My welbeloued spake and said vnto me, Arise, my loue, my faire one, and come thy way. Song of Songs 2:11 For beholde, winter is past: the raine is changed, and is gone away. Song of Songs 2:12 The flowers appeare in the earth: the time of the singing of birdes is come, and the voyce of the turtle is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:13 The figtree hath brought foorth her yong figges: and the vines with their small grapes haue cast a sauour: arise my loue, my faire one, and come away.
Christ's care of the Church.
Song of Songs 2:14 My doue, that art in the holes of ye rocke, in the secret places of the staires, shewe mee thy sight, let mee heare thy voyce: for thy voyce is sweete, and thy sight comely. Song of Songs 2:15 Take vs the foxes, the little foxes, which destroy the vines: for our vines haue small grapes.
The profession of the Church, her faith and hope.
Song of Songs 2:16 My welbeloued is mine, and I am his: hee feedeth among the lilies, Song of Songs 2:17 Vntil the day breake, and the shadowes flee away: returne, my welbeloued, and be like a roe, or a yong hart vpon the mountaines of Bether.