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Song of asongs

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j04 Mon 18-Jun-12 11:00:22

The Song of songs, which is Solomon's. 1 Kgs. 4.32
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth:

for thy love is better than wine.
3 Because of the savor of thy good ointments

thy name is as ointment poured forth,
therefore do the virgins love thee.
4 Draw me, we will run after thee:

the King hath brought me into his chambers:
we will be glad and rejoice in thee,
we will remember thy love more than wine:
the upright love thee.
5 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem,

as the tents of Kedar,
as the curtains of Solomon.
6 Look not upon me, because I am black,

because the sun hath looked upon me:
my mother's children were angry with me;
they made me the keeper of the vineyards;
but mine own vineyard have I not kept.
7 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest,

where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon:
for why should I be as one that turneth aside
by the flocks of thy companions?
8 If thou know not, O thou fairest among women,

go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock,
and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.

The Bride and the Bridegroom
9 I have compared thee, O my love,

to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.
10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels,

thy neck with chains of gold.
11 We will make thee borders of gold

with studs of silver.
12 While the King sitteth at his table,

my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.
13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me;

he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.
14 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire

in the vineyards of Enge'di.
15 Behold, thou art fair, my love;

behold, thou art fair;
thou hast doves' eyes.
16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant:

also our bed is green.
17 The beams of our house are cedar,

and our rafters of fir.

whenim64 Mon 18-Jun-12 11:12:40

GERALDINE!!! She's off! grin

jeni Mon 18-Jun-12 11:12:53

What happened to the voice of the turtle?

jeni Mon 18-Jun-12 11:35:34

And the twin gazelles?

AlieOxon Mon 18-Jun-12 11:44:41

Actually this is about sex......

jeni Mon 18-Jun-12 11:48:13


absentgrana Mon 18-Jun-12 11:52:10

Looked at this in a state of total confused, then later on found another thread that resulted in a state of total confused but which threw some light on tis one. Don't do this to me on Monday morning.

j04 Mon 18-Jun-12 12:03:24

Course it's about sex. But it's from the bible.

We've (Christians that is) got some weird stuff too.

Should be deleted, shouldn't it?

j04 Mon 18-Jun-12 12:06:56

jeni find your own bible porn. smile

Ariadne Mon 18-Jun-12 12:07:38

Like the other thread was?! Interesting and valid point, jingle. Sauce for the goose? (Not that I'm calling you a goose..)

But such beautiful language...

Anagram Mon 18-Jun-12 12:07:52

Has anyone reported this?


Ariadne Mon 18-Jun-12 12:08:51

Anagram grin

j04 Mon 18-Jun-12 12:09:19

Exactly Ariadne.

j04 Mon 18-Jun-12 12:10:02

Go on. Someone report it.

See if they delete.

Notsogrand Mon 18-Jun-12 12:12:35

We need a spoon smiley!

For stirring wink

whenim64 Mon 18-Jun-12 12:13:17

You are a mischievous woman Jingle. You'll need to put something much more provocative on here if you want to test out whether it will get deleted. grin

No! That's not an invitation! You'll blame me for it then! grin

jeni Mon 18-Jun-12 12:20:18

I always wondered if it rhymed in the original language , does anyone know?

Jacey Mon 18-Jun-12 22:29:41

I did suggest that Notsogrand back in the mists of time floated away ...perhaps on the River of Time confused

I suppose jeni it depends on which 'original' language you mean hmm

nanaej Mon 18-Jun-12 22:53:36

If I go into the loft I might find my A level RE annotated (by me) bible..vague memory of this... hmm

Anagram Mon 18-Jun-12 22:55:04

In the original language, nanaej? confused

nanaej Mon 18-Jun-12 22:59:51

haha! no but I might have made a, now forgotten, margin note on what it was!!

Ariadne Tue 19-Jun-12 05:49:01

Interesting - most ancient poetry that I know of relied on features other than rhyme; Anglo Saxon etc. is to do more with devices like metaphor and alliteration. And in Latin and Greek poetry the metre is the thing.

Greatnan Tue 19-Jun-12 07:03:34

I am a committed atheist but this does not offend me at all- it is just lovely,erotic poetry. The deleted posts did offend me because they were proselytizing and also saying unpleasant things about non-believers.
There are many chapters of the bible that I enjoy, simply for the rich language and I often sing hymns to myself.

JessM Tue 19-Jun-12 07:41:00

Do we know what ancient languages sounded like? How can we tell if they rhymed?
Didn't' they decide a few years ago that Latin as the Italians talked it was pronounced much more italiany and not a lot like church latin.

e.g. weewat REgina (with a hard g and an emphasis on the first syllable) rather than veyevat rejeyena

for clarity: vivat regina (J - I'm sure you know what that means begin such a keen royalist smile )

Greatnan Tue 19-Jun-12 07:59:17

We learnt classical latin, but used church latin as well. So we had 'Ah vay Maria' and also 'Ah way, Maria'.