Your love is better than wine. -- 1:2

Draw me after you and let us run together! -- 1:4

He has brought me to his banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. -- 2:4

My beloved is mine, and I am his. 
-- 2:16

Until the cool of the day when the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a
young stag on the mountains of Bether. -- 2:17

Until the cool of the day when the shadows flee away, I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh and
to the hill of frankincense. -- 4:6

How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than all kinds of spices! -- 4:10

This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
-- 5:16

I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine. -- 6:3

Love is as strong as death. -- 8:6


"I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valleys."  "Like a lily among the thorns, so is my darling among the maidens."  "Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men." -- 2:1-3

My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he is standing behind our wall, he is looking through the windows, he is peering through the lattice.  My beloved responded and said to me, "Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come along.  For behold, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.  The flowers have already appeared in the land; the time has arrived for pruning the vines, and the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.  The fig tree has ripened its figs, and the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance. Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come along!" -- 2:9-13

Put me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, jealousy is as severe as Sheol; its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD.  Many waters cannot quench love, nor will rivers overflow it; if a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, it would be utterly despised. -- 8:6-7


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