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Now the action really starts. The groom races up to the bride's window and invites her to escape with him into the spring-struck landscape. How romantic.
There's no balcony involved here, but make no mistake: Shakespeare knew his Song of Songs. The idea of the man approaching the woman's window to steal her away from a repressive family is old as all get out.
The lovers want to create a world of their own—you know, frolicking in the springtime and all that jazz—so they fantasize about running off together.
Song of Songs isn't a linear story, so this scene is just that: a scene. It could be a fantasy of the bride or groom, a separate piece of the poem, or an actual narrative. But what it is isn't as crucial as the effect is has on the reader. Ah, poetry.
By the time we get to verse 16, we're back to the bride talking lovingly about her groom. Read on for more juicy details.