The Garden of Earthly and Heavenly Delights

Song of Solomon 4:8–5:1

Works of art by Zeev Raban, Jacopo Tintoretto, and Martin Schongauer
Commentaries by Jennie Grillo

Song of Solomon 4:8–5:1

Bible passage (Revised Standard Version)

8Come with me from Lebanon, my bride;

come with me from Lebanon.

Depart from the peak of Amaʹna,

from the peak of Senir and Hermon,

from the dens of lions,

from the mountains of leopards.

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

you have ravished my heart with a glance of your eyes,

with one jewel of your necklace.

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

how much better is your love than wine,

and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!

11Your lips distil nectar, my bride;

honey and milk are under your tongue;

the scent of your garments is like the scent of Lebanon.

12A garden locked is my sister, my bride,

a garden locked, a fountain sealed.

13Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates

with all choicest fruits,

henna with nard,

14nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,

with all trees of frankincense,

myrrh and aloes,

with all chief spices—

15a garden fountain, a well of living water,

and flowing streams from Lebanon.

16Awake, O north wind,

and come, O south wind!

Blow upon my garden,

let its fragrance be wafted abroad.

Let my beloved come to his garden,

and eat its choicest fruits.

5I come to my garden, my sister, my bride,

I gather my myrrh with my spice,

I eat my honeycomb with my honey,

I drink my wine with my milk.

Eat, O friends, and drink:

drink deeply, O lovers!