Matthew Bible

Song of Songs 1

The Church's love unto Christ.

Song of Songs 1:1 {Absent from this edition.} Song of Songs 1:2 O that thy mouthe woulde geue me a kysse, for thy brestes are more pleasaunt then wyne, Song of Songs 1:3 & that because of the good & pleasaunt sauoure. Thy name is a swete smelling oyntment, therfore do the maydens laue the: Song of Songs 1:4 yea, that same moueth me also to runne after the. The King hath brought me into his preuy chambre. We wil be glad and reioyce in the, we thynke more of thy brestes then of wyne: well is them that loue the.

She confesseth her deformity,

Song of Songs 1:5 I am black (O ye daughters of Hierusalem) like as the tentes of the Cedarenes, and as the hanginges of Salomon: Song of Songs 1:6 but yet am I fayre & welfauoured withal. Maruell not at me that I am so blacke: & why? þe sunne hath shyned vpon me. For when my mothers chyldren had euel will at me, they made me the keper of þe vyneyarde. Thus was I fayne to kepe a vyneyarde, which was not myne owne.

and prayeth to be directed to his flock.

Song of Songs 1:7 Tell me (O thou whom my soule loueth) where thou fedest, where thou restest at the noone daye: lest I go wrong, and come vnto the flockes of thy companyons.

Christ directeth her to the shepherd's tents:

Song of Songs 1:8 If thou knowe not thy selfe (O thou fayrest among women) then go thy waye forthe after the fotesteppes of the shepe, as though thou woldest fede thy goates beside þe shepeherdes tentes.

and shewing his love to her,

Song of Songs 1:9 There will I tary for the (my loue) with myne host and mith my charettes which shalbe no fewer then Pharaos. Song of Songs 1:10 Then shall thy chekes & thy neck be made fayre, & hanged with spanges & goodly iewels:

giveth her gracious promises.

Song of Songs 1:11 a neck bande of golde will we make the with siluer butons.

The Church and Christ congratulate one another.

Song of Songs 1:12 When the king sitteth at the table, he shal smell my Nardus: Song of Songs 1:13 for a bondel of Myrre (O my beloued) lyeth betwixte my breastes. Song of Songs 1:14 A cluster of grapes of Cypers, or of þe vyneyardes of Engaddi art thou vnto me, O my beloued. Song of Songs 1:15 O how fayre art thou (my loue) how fayre art thou? thou hast doues eyes. Song of Songs 1:16 O how fayre art thou (my beloued) how wel fauored art thou? Our bed is decketh wt floures, Song of Songs 1:17 the sylinges of our house are of Cedre tree, and our balkes of Cypresse.

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