How beautiful your
sandaled feet, O prince's daughter!
graceful legs are like jewels, the work of a craftsman's
Your navel is a rounded
goblet that never lacks blended wine.
waist is a mound of wheat encircled by lilies.
Your breasts are like
two fawns, twins of a gazelle.
Your neck is like an
ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon
the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of
Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel.
hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by
How beautiful you are
and how pleasing, O love, with your delights!
Your stature is like
that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit.
8 I said, "I will climb the palm tree; I will take
hold of its fruit."
your breasts be like the clusters of the vine, the fragrance
of your breath like apples, 9 and your mouth like the best
the wine go straight to my lover, flowing gently over lips
I belong to my lover,
and his desire is for me. 11 Come, my lover, let us go to
the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages.
Let us go early to
the vineyards to see if the vines have budded,
their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are
I will give you my love. 13 The mandrakes send out their
at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I
have stored up for you, my lover.
paces the stage again)
daughter worthy of a royal family, the beauty of your feet,
your legs, your hips, captivates me. Your shapeliness, your
neck, your eyes, your nose, your head, your hair – oh I
could compare every part of you with the beautiful things
I know in my kingdom. You are utterly beautiful, my love.
You stand tall and straight like a tree waiting to be plucked
so that your love bears every good fruit possible. I long
for the touch of your lips on my lips, so much more wonderful
than even the best wine.
enters from behind him, as if having heard his words, and
calls to him).
may my lips be for you alone. I belong to my lover and his
desire is clearly for me.
let us go out to the countryside to share our love, into
the beauty of that creation, where we may best share that
takes his hand and the backdrop appears as the grassy woodland
of earlier on)