Act V – Vintage Love

Act V – Vintage Love

Text: Song of Songs 6:4-8:4

Lover
6:4      You are beautiful, my darling, as Tirzah,
lovely as Jerusalem,
majestic as troops with banners.
5      Turn your eyes from me;
they overwhelm me.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
descending from Gilead.
6      Your teeth are like a flock of sheep
coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin,
not one of them is alone.
7      Your temples behind your veil
are like the halves of a pomegranate.
8      Sixty queens there may be,
and eighty concubines,
and virgins beyond number;
9      but my dove, my perfect one, is unique,
the only daughter of her mother,
the favorite of the one who bore her.
The maidens saw her and called her blessed;
the queens and concubines praised her.

Friends
10      Who is this that appears like the dawn,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun,
majestic as the stars in procession?

Lover
11      I went down to the grove of nut trees
to look at the new growth in the valley,
to see if the vines had budded
or the pomegranates were in bloom.
12      Before I realized it,
my desire set me among the royal chariots of my people.

Friends
13      Come back, come back, O Shulammite;
come back, come back, that we may gaze on you!

Lover
Why would you gaze on the Shulammite
as on the dance of Mahanaim?

7:1      How beautiful your sandaled feet,
O prince’s daughter!
Your graceful legs are like jewels,
the work of a craftsman’s hands.
2      Your navel is a rounded goblet
that never lacks blended wine.
Your waist is a mound of wheat
encircled by lilies.
3      Your breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle.
4      Your neck is like an ivory tower.
Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon
by the gate of Bath Rabbim.
Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon
looking toward Damascus.
5      Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel.
Your hair is like royal tapestry;
the king is held captive by its tresses.
6      How beautiful you are and how pleasing,
O love, with your delights!
7      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.”
May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine,
the fragrance of your breath like apples,
9      and your mouth like the best wine.

Beloved
May the wine go straight to my lover,
flowing gently over lips and teeth.
10      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.
12      Let us go early to the vineyards
to see if the vines have budded,
if their blossoms have opened,
and if the pomegranates are in bloom—
there I will give you my love.
13      The mandrakes send out their fragrance,
and at our door is every delicacy,
both new and old,
that I have stored up for you, my lover.

8:1      If only you were to me like a brother,
who was nursed at my mother’s breasts!
Then, if I found you outside,
I would kiss you,
and no one would despise me.
2      I would lead you
and bring you to my mother’s house—
she who has taught me.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
the nectar of my pomegranates.
3      His left arm is under my head
and his right arm embraces me.
4      Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.