I am come into my garden, O my sister, my spouse, I haue gathered my Myrre with my spice: I haue eate hony with my hony combe, I haue drunke my wine with my milke: Eate O ye frendes, drinke and be merie O ye beloued.
I am a sleepe, but my heart is waking: I heare the voyce of my beloued when he knocketh, saying, Open to me O my sister, my loue, my doue, my dearling: for my head is full of deawe, and the lockes of my heere are full of the nyght doppes.
I haue put of my coate, howe can I do it on agayne?
I haue washed my feete, howe shall I fyle them agayne?
My loue put in his hande at the hole, and my heart was moued within me.
I stoode vp to open vnto my beloued, and my handes dropped with Myrre, & the Myrre ranne downe my fingers vpon the locke.
I opened vnto my beloued, but he was departed and gone his way: Now whe he spake, my heart was gone: I sought him, but I coulde not finde him: I cryed vpon hym, neuerthelesse he gaue me no aunswere.
So the watchmen that went about the citie, founde me, smote me, and wounded me: yea they that kept the walles toke away my kerchaffe from me.
I charge you therfore O ye daughters of Hierusalem, yf ye fynde my beloued, that ye tell hym howe that I am sicke for loue.
What maner of man is thy loue aboue other louers, O thou fairest among women?
Or what can thy loue do more then other louers, that thou chargest vs so straytly?
As for my loue, he is whyte and red coloured, a goodly person among tenne thousande.
His head is as the most fine golde, the lockes of his heere are busshed, & blacke as a crowe.
His eyes are as the eyes of doues by the water brookes as though they were wasshed with mylke, and are set lyke pearles in golde.
His cheekes are lyke a garden bed, wherin the Apothecaries plant all maner of sweete thynges.
His lippes are lyke lilies that droppe sweete smellyng Myrre:
His handes are lyke golde rynges, hauyng inclosed the precious stone of Tharsis.
His body is as the pure iuorie, dect ouer with Saphires:
His legges are as the pillers of Marble set vpon sockettes of golde.
His face is as Libanus: and as the beautie of the Cedar trees.
The wordes of his mouth are sweete: yea he is altogether louely: Such a one is my loue O ye daughters of Hierusalem, such a one is my loue.