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Chapter 3

1In my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, and found him not. 2I will rise, and will go about the city: in the streets and the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, and I found him not. 3The watchmen who keep the city, found me: Have you seen him, whom my soul loveth? 4When I had a little passed by them, I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him: and I will not let him go, till I bring him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that bore me. 5I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes and the harts of the fields, that you stir not up, nor awake my beloved, till she please. 6Who is she that goeth up by the desert, as a pillar of smoke of aromatical spices, of myrrh, and frankincense, and of all the powders of the perfumer? 7Behold threescore valiant ones of the most valiant of Israel, surrounded the bed of Solomon? 8All holding swords, and most expert in war : every man's sword upon his thigh, because of fears in the night. 9King Solomon hath made him a litter of the wood of Libanus: 10The pillars thereof he made of silver, the seat of gold, the going up of purple : the midst he covered with charity for the daughters of Jerusalem. 11Go forth, ye daughters of Sion, and see king Solomon in the diadem, wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the joy of his heart.

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