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Song of Songs
(also known as Song of Solomon)

The Bride. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. 1865. Public Domain.
The Bride. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. 1865. Public Domain. See for more information.

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Introduction to Song of Songs

According to Wikipedia, The Song of Songs, also called the Song of Solomon, is an erotic poem, one of the five scrolls in the writings, the last section of the Jewish Bible. It is unique within the Hebrew Bible: it shows no interest in Law or Covenant or the God of Israel, nor does it teach or explore wisdom like Proverbs or Ecclesiastes; instead, it celebrates sexual love, giving “the voices of two lovers, praising each other, yearning for each other, proffering invitations to enjoy.”

Unity never published any commentary on The Song of Songs even though there are 2,400 pages of Unity’s teachings on the Bible and about half of the 1190 chapters of the Bible have interpretations. We have also not found any commentary by his most prominent Bible students, Herbert Hunt, Elizabeth Sand Turner, and Ed Rabel.

However we have an interesting interpretation by Ferrer Fenton, in the Fenton Bible, a translation often used and quoted by Charles Fillmore. Fenton writes, “This beautiful poem seems to myself, and several competent critics, to be a Wedding Day Drama. I have, therefore, endeavoured in my translation to restore the actual dramatic form in which Solomon wrote it, and I think by doing so the matchless beauty of the poem is displayed as it has never previously been by any translator or commentator.—F. F.”

As Fenton tells the story, King David is elderly and his young son, Solomon, is attracted to one of David’s nurses, who Fenton refers to as “the Shepherdess.” But the Shepherdess resists Solomon’s advances because she desires and is carrying on a secret affair with another, known in the story as “the Shepherd.”

Fenton has incorporated unrequited love into the Song of Songs as well as hint of the metaphysical union of male and female shepherding our thoughts (“flocks”). So he has bridged the sacred and the profane, something we have not seen since the courtly love lyrics from the High Middle Ages.

Fenton’s interpretation is used here because Charles Fillmore constantly referenced the Fenton Bible and Fenton's interpretation is so dramatic and unique. For consistency, I have kept the World English Bible translation and have added annotations from the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, even though they conflict somewhat with Fenton’s storyline. If you want Fenton's translation, a link to Fenton's dramatic interpretation as published in 1913 is available here on the TruthUnity page for Song of Songs.

Please note that offering a dramatic interpretation for The Song of Songs does not preclude fully interpreting the book metaphysically. Wisdom encourages spiritual understanding of all things, secular as well as sacred. Dramatizing this story adds a richness to this ancient love poetry, making it more suitable for nuanced spiritual interpretation.

Introduction to Song of Songs by Rev. Mark Hicks.

Song of Songs 1

(Online: ASV WEB)

1 The Song of songs, which is Solomon’s.


(In a village.)


2Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth;

for your love is better than wine.


3 Your oils have a pleasing fragrance.


Your name is oil poured out,

therefore the virgins love you.


4 Take me away with you.

Let’s hurry.

(She runs off in sport.)

Act 1. Scene 1.

(In David's Park Lodge. The Shepherdess sings on being introduced to the other attendants in David's Park Palace.)


The king has brought me into his rooms.


We will be glad and rejoice in you.

We will praise your love more than wine!

(Shepherdess in reply:)

They are right to love you.

5 I am dark, but lovely,

you daughters of Jerusalem,

like Kedar’s tents,1

like Solomon’s curtains.

6 Don’t stare at me because I am dark,

because the sun has scorched me.

My mother’s sons were angry with me.

They made me keeper of the vineyards.

I haven’t kept my own vineyard.2

  1. Kedar’s tents. Kedar—turbid; dirty; dusky; dark-colored; dark-skinned; obscured; overcast; black; mournful; sorrowful. Metaphysically, a confused, unsettled, disturbed, obscure thought, yet one with a degree of power that belongs to the outer or sense phase of consciousness in man. This concept is darkened by materiality, yet for a time it brings forth substance. (MBD/Kedar)
  2. vineyard. The fruit of the vine is a symbol of life. Jesus said, "I am the vine." The vineyard represents manifest humanity which was planted in perfection, and perfection is its destiny. (RW/vineyard)

Act 1. Scene 2.

(The Shepherdess alone and in the King's Park thinking of her Shepherd lover. She sings:)

7 Tell me, you whom my soul loves,

where you graze your flock,1

where you rest them at noon;

for why should I be as one who is veiled

beside the flocks of your companions?

(Her lover who has come to see her replies from the bushes. He sings:)

8 If you don’t know, most beautiful among women,

follow the tracks of the sheep.

Graze your young goats beside the Shepherds’ tents.

  1. flocks. Metaphysically, our thoughts. (MBD/flocks)

Act 1. Scene 3.

(Solomon walking in the Park sees and begins to court the Shepherdess. He says:)

9 I have compared you, my love,

to a steed in Pharaoh’s chariots.

10 Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings,

your neck with strings of jewels.

11 We will make you earrings of gold,

with studs of silver.

(Shepherdess in response replies with cross purposes, to evade Solomon's flattery, pretending she has to go to David, whom she is nursing.)

12 While the king sat at his table,

my perfume spread its fragrance.

(Solomon, trying to retain her by further flatteries:)

13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh,

that lies between my breasts.1

14My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms

from the vineyards of En Gedi.

(The Shepherdess leaves, and Solomon calls after her:)

15 Behold,* you are beautiful, my love.

Behold, you are beautiful.

Your eyes are like doves.

16 Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, yes, pleasant;

and our couch is verdant.

17 The beams of our house are cedars.

Our rafters are firs.

  1. between my breasts. Translated in my breast by Fenton.

Fillmore Study Bible annotations by Rev. Mark Hicks.

World English Bible Footnotes:

  • * 1:15. “Behold”, from “הִנֵּה”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.

Song of Songs 2

(Online: ASV WEB)

Act 2. Scene 1.

(The shepherdess and her lover meet and talk.)


1 I am a rose of Sharon,1

a lily of the valleys.


2 As a lily among thorns,

so is my love among the daughters.


3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood,

so is my beloved among the sons.

I sat down under his shadow with great delight,

his fruit was sweet to my taste.

4 He brought me to the banquet hall.

His banner over me is love.

5(She sings:) Strengthen me with raisins,

refresh me with apples;

for I am faint with love.

6 His left hand is under my head.

His right hand embraces me.

(The Shepherd sleeps, and the Shepherdess says to the Chorus:)

7 I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem,

by the roes, or by the hinds of the field,

that you not stir up, nor awaken love,

until it so desires.

  1. rose of Sharon. A level tract of country in Palestine, bordering on the Mediterranean Sea, and extending from Joppa to Caesarea. Metaphysically, the rich substance of Spirit established in body consciousness. (MBD/Sharon)

Act 2. Scene 2

(A Park Lodge. The Shepherdess at the window sees her lover in the distance, and exclaims to her companions:)

8 The voice of my beloved!

Behold, he comes,

leaping on the mountains,

skipping on the hills.

9 My beloved is like a roe or a young deer.

(The Chorus of her companions:)

Behold, he stands behind our wall!

He looks in at the windows.

He glances through the lattice.

(The Shepherdess exclaims:)

10 My beloved spoke, and said to me,

(The Shepherd, hid amongst the rosebushes, sings:)

“Rise up, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.

11 For behold, the winter is past.

The rain is over and gone.

12 The flowers appear on the earth.

The time of the singing has come,

and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.


13 The fig tree ripens her green figs.

The vines are in blossom.

They give out their fragrance.

Arise, my love, my beautiful one,

and come away.”


14 My dove in the clefts of the rock,

in the hiding places of the mountainside,

let me see your face.

Let me hear your voice;

for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.


15 Catch for us the foxes,

the little foxes that plunder the vineyards;

for our vineyards are in blossom.


16 My beloved is mine, and I am his.

He browses among the lilies.


17 Until the day is cool, and the shadows flee away,

turn, my beloved,

and be like a roe or a young deer on the mountains of Bether.1

  1. Bether. Mountains mentioned only in Song 2:17

Fillmore Study Bible annotations by Rev. Mark Hicks.

Song of Songs 3

(Online: ASV WEB)

Act 3. Scene 1.

(In Jerusalem. The Shepherdess tells the Chorus why she went out at night to seek her lover.)


1 By night on my bed,

I sought him whom my soul loves.

I sought him, but I didn’t find him.

2 I will get up now, and go about the city;

in the streets and in the squares I will seek him whom my soul loves.

I sought him, but I didn’t find him.

3 The watchmen who go about the city found me;

“Have you seen him whom my soul loves?”

4 I had scarcely passed from them,

when I found him whom my soul loves.

I held him, and would not let him go,

until I had brought him into my mother’s house,

into the room of her who conceived me.

5 I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem,

by the roes, or by the hinds of the field,

that you not stir up nor awaken love,

until it so desires.

Act 3. Scene 2.

(In Jerusalem. Solomon coming up from the country, and the Shepherdess and her companions watching his advance.)

(Shepherdess, on the balcony:)

6 Who is this who comes up from the wilderness like pillars of smoke,

perfumed with myrrh1 and frankincense,2

with all spices of the merchant?


7 Behold, it is Solomon’s3 carriage!

Sixty mighty men are around it,

of the mighty men of Israel.

8 They all handle the sword, and are expert in war.

Every man has his sword on his thigh,

because of fear in the night.

(The Chorus of girls discuss the appearance of the cavalcade and tell anecdotes of Solomon as he approaches.

(1st Girl:)

9 King Solomon made himself a carriage

of the wood of Lebanon.

(2nd Girl:)

10 He made its pillars of silver,

(3rd Girl:)

its bottom of gold, its seat of purple,

(4th Girl:)

the middle of it being paved with love,

from the daughters of Jerusalem.

  1. myrrh. An aromatic gum resin; a slightly pungent perfume, used for incense. Metaphysically myrrh represents the eternity of Spirit, an emblem of the Resurrection, an ointment of love. (RW/myrrh)
  2. frankincense. "A fragrant gum resin" (Webster). Metaphysically, it represents in humanity the transmutation of the material consciousness into the spiritual. (RW/frankincense)
  3. Solomon. Metaphysically, the state of mind that is established in consciousness when the soul is unified with wisdom and love (whole, complete, concord, peaceful). We discern in Solomon a development of the presiding genius at the heart center. In Scripture, brain and nerve centers—or, more strictly speaking, thought centers—are designated as cities, and the presiding or ruling intelligence that controls or directs the work of any center, as a personality. Jerusalem (city of peace) stands for the heart center, and Solomon (peaceful man) stands for the presiding intelligence. (MBD/Solomon)

Act 3. Scene 3.

(A Chorus of women who are going out to meet Solomon and his train, singing:)

11 Go out, you daughters of Zion, and see King Solomon,

with the crown with which his mother1 has crowned him,

in the day of his weddings,

in the day of the gladness of his heart.

  1. his mother. Solomon is the son of David and Bathsheba. Metaphysically, Bathsheba is fulfillment (seventh daughter, daughter of the oath). As David united to Bath-sheba brought forth Solomon, so love in its fulfillment, or completion, establishes peace. (MBD/Bath-sheba)

Fillmore Study Bible annotations by Rev. Mark Hicks.

Song of Songs 4

(Online: ASV WEB)

Act 4. Scene 1.

(In the Palace Gardens on Lebanon. Solomon declaring his love for the Shepherdess in a Serenade.)

(Solomon sings:)

1 Behold, you are beautiful, my love.

Behold, you are beautiful.

Your eyes are like doves behind your veil.1

Your hair is as a flock of goats,

that descend from Mount Gilead.

2 Your teeth are like a newly shorn flock,

which have come up from the washing,

where every one of them has twins.

None is bereaved among them.

3Your lips are like scarlet thread.

Your mouth is lovely.

Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil.

4 Your neck is like David’s tower built for an armory,

on which a thousand shields hang,

all the shields of the mighty men.

5Your two breasts are like two fawns

that are twins of a roe,

which feed among the lilies.


6 Until the day is cool, and the shadows flee away,

I will go to the mountain of myrrh,

to the hill of frankincense.

7 You are all beautiful, my love.

There is no spot in you.


8 Come with me from Lebanon,2 my bride,

with me from Lebanon.

Look from the top of Amana,

from the top of Senir and Hermon,

from the lions’ dens,

from the mountains of the leopards.


9 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride.

You have ravished my heart with one of your eyes,

with one chain of your neck.

10 How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!


How much better is your love than wine,

the fragrance of your perfumes than all kinds of spices!

11 Your lips, my bride, drip like the honeycomb.

Honey and milk are under your tongue.

The smell of your garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

12My sister, my bride, is a locked up garden;

a locked up spring,

a sealed fountain.

13 Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates, with precious fruits,

henna with spikenard plants,

14spikenard and saffron,

calamus and cinnamon, with every kind of incense tree;

myrrh and aloes, with all the best spices,

15 a fountain of gardens,

a well of living waters,

flowing streams from Lebanon.

  1. Metaphysically, "The veil of the temple was rent in the midst" (Luke 23:45) means that the last step in regeneration is the giving up of the thought of the corporeal existence of the body temple. Then the veil of sense thought that conceals the spiritual body is rent, and man comes into consciousness of the body imperishable and eternal. (MBD/veil)
  2. Lebanon. A range of mountains in northern Palestine (Deut. 3:25). It was noted for its cedars (I Kings 5:6); also for its beauty and grandeur of scenery, and has been used much in symbol by sacred writers. Metaphysically, Lebanon is pure thoughts. (MBD/Lebanon)

Act 4. Scene 2.

(The Shepherd hid in the garden amongst the rosebushes begins to plead also with the Shepherdess. Sings.)


16 Awake, north wind, and come, you south!

Blow on my garden, that its spices may flow out.

Let my beloved come into his garden,

and taste his precious fruits.

Fillmore Study Bible annotations by Rev. Mark Hicks.

Song of Songs 5

(Online: ASV WEB)

(The Shepherdess replies to him from her bower.)

(Shepherdess sings:)

1 I have come into my garden,1 my sister, my bride.

I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;

I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;

I have drunk my wine with my milk.

Eat, friends!

Drink, yes, drink abundantly, beloved.

(Shepherd, in ecstasy at the gate:)

2 I was asleep, but my heart was awake.

It is the voice of my beloved who knocks:

“Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled;

for my head is filled with dew,

and my hair with the dampness of the night.”


3I have taken off my robe. Indeed, must I put it on?

I have washed my feet.2 Indeed, must I soil them?

(The Shepherdess soliloquizes:)

4 My beloved thrust his hand in through the latch opening.

My heart pounded for him.

  1. my garden. The spiritual body in which man dwells when he brings forth thoughts after the pattern of original divine ideas. This "garden" is the substance of God. (RW/garden)
  2. feet. Meta. That phase of our understanding which comes into contact with substance. Consequently we can take possession of all substance that we comprehend and understand, in the name of I AM. (MBD/feet)

Act 4. Scene 3.

(The Shepherdess arising to open the door finds her lover has gone upon her refusal, so she goes out to seek him, and is apprehended by the Police; when she appeals to the Chorus to help her.)

(Shepherdess to the Chorus:)

5 I rose up to open for my beloved.

My hands dripped with myrrh,

my fingers with liquid myrrh,

on the handles of the lock.

6 I opened to my beloved;

but my beloved left, and had gone away.

My heart went out when he spoke.

I looked for him, but I didn’t find him.

I called him, but he didn’t answer.

7 The watchmen who go about the city found me.

They beat me.

They bruised me.

The keepers of the walls took my cloak away from me.

8 I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem,

If you find my beloved,

that you tell him that I am faint with love.

(The Chorus, replying to her, ask:)

9 How is your beloved better than another beloved,

you fairest among women?

How is your beloved better than another beloved,

that you do so adjure us?


10My beloved is white and ruddy.

The best among ten thousand.

11His head is like the purest gold.

His hair is bushy, black as a raven.

12 His eyes are like doves beside the water brooks,

washed with milk, mounted like jewels.

13His cheeks are like a bed of spices with towers of perfumes.

His lips are like lilies, dropping liquid myrrh.

14 His hands are like rings of gold set with beryl.

His body is like ivory work overlaid with sapphires.

15 His legs are like pillars of marble set on sockets of fine gold.

His appearance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.

16 His mouth is sweetness;

yes, he is altogether lovely.

This is my beloved, and this is my friend,

daughters of Jerusalem.

Fillmore Study Bible annotations by Rev. Mark Hicks.

Song of Songs 6

(Online: ASV WEB)

(The Chorus reply:)

1 Where has your beloved gone, you fairest among women?

Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you?

(They go to seek him, and follow her.)

(Shepherdess suddenly exclaims:)

2 My beloved has gone down to his garden,

to the beds of spices,

to pasture his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Act 4. Scene 4.

(The Chorus and Shepherdess finding the Shepherd in the Fields, she runs up to him, exclaiming:)


3 I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.

He browses among the lilies.


4 You are beautiful, my love, as Tirzah,1

lovely as Jerusalem,

awesome as an army with banners.

5 Turn away your eyes from me,

for they have overcome me.

Your hair is like a flock of goats,

that lie along the side of Gilead.2

6 Your teeth are like a flock of ewes,

which have come up from the washing,

of which every one has twins;

not one is bereaved among them.

7Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil.

8 There are sixty queens, eighty concubines,

and virgins without number.

9 My dove, my perfect one, is unique.

She is her mother’s only daughter.

She is the favorite one of her who bore her.

The daughters saw her, and called her blessed.

The queens and the concubines saw her, and they praised her.

  1. Tirzah A very delightful aspect of thought and of soul (delight, pleasantness, pleasing, benevolence. However the foundation of the delightful phase of thought that the city of Tirzah signifies is outside of Truth; therefore the thoughts and acts of one who dwells in it wander farther and farther into error. (MBD/Tirzah)
  2. Gilead Meta. The high place in consciousness where Spirit discerns and witnesses to what is true and to all man's thoughts and acts, that an adjustment may be made throughout mind and body. If we let our high ideals and standards become subject to sensate, error reasonings, our spiritual discernment becomes obscured and our Gilead becomes a city of them that work iniquity; it becomes stained with blood works against our life and health (MBD/Gilead).

Act 5. Scene 1.

(David’s Villa. Solomon walking in the Nut Grove of the Villa on the Lebanon, sees the Shepherdess.)


10 Who is she who looks out as the morning,

beautiful as the moon,

clear as the sun,

and awesome as an army with banners?

(Shepherdess replies:)

11 I went down into the nut tree grove,

to see the green plants of the valley,

to see whether the vine budded,

and the pomegranates were in flower.

12 Without realizing it,

my desire set me with my royal people’s chariots.

(She turns away and retires towards her duties in Solomon calls to entreat her to come back.)

13Return, return, Shulammite!1

Return, return, that we may gaze at you.

  1. Shulammite. Metaphysically, a soul quality relating to that which Shunem signifies. The central thought in that which Shulammite represents is peace and perfection. (MBD/Shulamite)

Act 5. Scene 2.

(While he calls back the offended Shepherdess, a Mahanami dancing girl of the Court pertly demands of Solomon :)

(Dancing Girl:)

Why do you desire to gaze at the Shulammite,

as at the dance of Mahanaim?1

  1. Mahanaim. The place where the angels of God met Jacob. Mahanaim, in individual consciousness, pertains to spiritual ideas and the mental realm of man—two hosts. Two hosts refer to the angels of God (representing spiritual ideas) and to Jacob and his company, his wives, children, and possessions (signifying the mentality of man). Esau, to whom Jacob was going, symbolizes the body. By means of thinking we get into conscious touch with Spirit so that we may receive and appropriate the ideas of substance and life—spiritual food—that become the very life and substance of the whole organism. Thus we are truly fed, since through our thoughts we also make conscious union with our body and declare Truth for it. (MBD/Mahanaim)

Fillmore Study Bible annotations by Rev. Mark Hicks.

Song of Songs 7

(Online: ASV WEB)

(Solomon in irritation replies to her with satirical insult.)


1 How beautiful are your feet in sandals, prince’s daughter!

Your rounded thighs are like jewels,

the work of the hands of a skillful workman.

2 Your body is like a round goblet,

no mixed wine is wanting.

Your waist is like a heap of wheat,

set about with lilies.

3 Your two breasts are like two fawns,

that are twins of a roe.

4Your neck is like an ivory tower.

Your eyes are like the pools in Heshbon by the gate of Bathrabbim.

Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.

5 Your head on you is like Carmel.

The hair of your head like purple.

The king is held captive in its tresses.

Act 5. Scene 3.

(Solomon leaving his satirizing of the dancing girl, turns and looks after the retiring Shepherdess, and soliloquizes.)


6How beautiful and how pleasant you are,

love, for delights!

7This, your stature, is like a palm tree,

your breasts like its fruit.

8 I said, “I will climb up into the palm tree.

I will take hold of its fruit.”

Let your breasts be like clusters of the vine,

the smell of your breath like apples.

9 Your mouth is like the best wine,

that goes down smoothly for my beloved,

gliding through the lips of those who are asleep.

(The Shepherdess hearing him speaking, turns and replies in remonstrance.)


10I am my beloved’s.

His desire1 is toward me.

(Solomon answers her in rapture; trying to induce her to forget her rustic lover, he offers to become a peasant and her equal, and lodge in a village farm.)


11Come, my beloved! Let’s go out into the field.

Let’s lodge in the villages.

12Let’s go early up to the vineyards.

Let’s see whether the vine has budded,

its blossom is open,

and the pomegranates are in flower.

There I will give you my love.

(The Shepherdess refuses and departs.)

  1. Desire. An expression of the inmost being of man; the onward impulse of an ever-evolving man. It springs from deep within Being and it has enduring power. Deep desire is essential to spiritual growth. It is desire--earnest, intense desire--that draws the whole being up out of mortality and its transient joys into the power to appreciate and to receive real spiritual blessings. (RW/desire)

Act 6. Scene 1.

(The Shepherd and Shepherdess in their native village, are prattling together in the delight of their meeting.)


13 The mandrakes produce fragrance.

At our doors are all kinds of precious fruits, new and old,

which I have stored up for you, my beloved.

Fillmore Study Bible annotations by Rev. Mark Hicks.

Song of Songs 8

(Online: ASV WEB)

(The Shepherdess replies to him lovingly:)

1 Oh that you were like my brother,

who nursed from the breasts of my mother!

If I found you outside, I would kiss you;

yes, and no one would despise me.

2 I would lead you, bringing you into the house of my mother,

who would instruct me.

I would have you drink spiced wine,

of the juice of my pomegranate.

3 His left hand would be under my head.

His right hand would embrace me.

(The Shepherd falls asleep, and the Shepherdess then addresses the Chorus.


4 I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem,

that you not stir up, nor awaken love,1

until it so desires.

(A period of time is supposed to elapse.)

  1. Love. Love is a divine attribute; it is an idea in the one Mind. God is love and love is God, or a quality in Being. When we expresse divine love in limited ways we make a separation in consciousness and our expression of love is personal instead of universal. We develop love in our heart by asking daily that the infinite love of the Father be poured out upon us; by praying, meditating, and affirming that we are one with and express at all times the perfect love of God. (MBD/love)

Act 6. Scene 2.

(In the Village. A cavalcade is seen advancing and the Chorus of Villagers ask each other in astonishment what it means.)


5 Who is this who comes up from the wilderness,

leaning on her beloved?

(The Chorus of Villagers dance as they watch the cavalcade approach the farm.)

Act 6. Scene 3.

(The Orchard of the farm where the Shepherdess was born. Solomon, taking her from the attendant lady, leads her to her mother, and, addressing the Shepherdess, says:)


Under the apple tree I awakened you.

There your mother conceived you.

There she was in labor and bore you.

6 Set me as a seal on your heart,

as a seal on your arm;

for love is strong as death.

Jealousy is as cruel as Sheol.*

Its flashes are flashes of fire,

a very flame of Yahweh.

(Solomon breaks off in grief.)

(The Old Mother, to assuage his grief, says:)


7 Many waters can’t quench love,

neither can floods drown it.

If a man would give all the wealth of his house for love,

he would be utterly scorned.

Act 6. Scene 4.

(The Shepherdess'S two brothers seated outside the Orchard and discussing a future sale of their beautiful sister to some rich man say:)

(1st Brother:)

8 We have a little sister.

(2nd Brother:)

She has no breasts.

(1st Brother:)

What shall we do for our sister

in the day when she is to be spoken for?

(2nd Brother:)

9 If she is a wall,

we will build on her a turret of silver.

If she is a door,

we will enclose her with boards of cedar.

Act 6. Scene 5.

(The Shepherdess, who has overheard them, comes on the scene with her lover, the Shepherd, and contemptuously exclaims to the two pointing to her lover:)


10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers,

then I was in his eyes like one who found peace.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon.

He leased out the vineyard to keepers.

Each was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit.

12 My own vineyard is before me.

The thousand are for you, Solomon,

two hundred for those who tend its fruit.

(Solomon giving the Shepherdess to her lover replies:)


13 You who dwell in the gardens, with friends in attendance,

let me hear your voice!

14Come away,1 my beloved!

Be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices!

  1. Come away, my beloved! Fenton's translation is Go away with your love.

Fillmore Study Bible annotations by Rev. Mark Hicks.

World English Bible Footnotes:

  • * 8:6. Sheol is the place of the dead. .
  • 8:6. “Yahweh” is God’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “LORD” (all caps) in other translations.
  • 8:11. A shekel is about 10 grams or about 0.35 ounces, so 1000 shekels is about 10 kilograms or about 22 pounds.

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