Song of Songs 2
The mutual love of Christ and his Church.
Song of Songs 2:1 [SHE] I am The meadow-saffron of Sharon, The lily of the valleys. Song of Songs 2:2 [HE] As a lily among thorns, So, is my fair one, among the daughters! Song of Songs 2:3 [SHE] As an apple-tree among the trees of the forest, So, is my beloved, among the sons: In his shade, I greatly delighted and sat down, And, his fruit, was sweet to my taste. Song of Songs 2:4 He hath brought me into the house of wine, and, his banner over me, is love. Song of Songs 2:5 Sustain me with raisin-cakes, refresh me with apples,for sick with love, I am. Song of Songs 2:6 His left hand under my head, then, his right hand, embraceth me! Song of Songs 2:7 [HE] I adjure you, ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the hinds of the field,That ye wake not, nor arouse, the dear love until she please!
Song of Songs 2:8 [SHE] The voice of my beloved! Lo! here he cometh,leaping over the mountains, skipping over the hills. Song of Songs 2:9 Resembleth, my beloved, a gazelle, or a young stag,Lo! here he is, standing behind our wall, looking in at the windows, peeping in at the lattice.
and calling of the Church.
Song of Songs 2:10 Responded my beloved, and said to me,Rise up! my fairmy beautifulone, and come away, Song of Songs 2:11 For lo, the winter, is past,the rain, is over, [and] gone; Song of Songs 2:12 The flowers, have appeared in the earth, the time of the spring-song, hath come,and, the voice of the turtle, is heard in our land; Song of Songs 2:13 The fig-tree, hath spiced her green figs, and, the vinesall blossom, yield fragrance,Rise up! my fairmy beautifulone, and come away!
Christ's care of the Church.
Song of Songs 2:14 [HE] O my dove! In the retreats of the crag, in the hiding-place of the terrace, Let me see thy form, Let me hear thy voice,For, thy voice, is sweet, and, thy form, comely. Song of Songs 2:15 [BOTH] Take ye for us, the foxes, the little foxes that are spoiling the vines,and, our vines, are all blossom!
The profession of the Church, her faith and hope.
Song of Songs 2:16 [SHE] My beloved, is, mine, and, I, am, his, he that pastureth among lilies! Song of Songs 2:17 Until the day, breathe, and the shadows, be lengthened, Again, liken thyself, my beloved, to a gazelle, or to a young stag, upon the cleft mountains.