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You can't have a decent love poem without a nice big section where a guy gets all mushy, right?
In this chapter, the groom talks about everything from the bride's beauty to her smell to the way she makes him feel. (Get your mind out of the gutter!)
Take a stroll over to our discussion on "Love" for more details about this, but remember: this is not about intellectual stimulation or land grabs by powerful families through marriage. Song of Songs is all about young love, plain and simple.
Okay, so after telling us how much he digs his girl, the groom laments that she is so far away. Sounds kind of like a rerun of the escape fantasy we've seen throughout the song, right?
And how do you escape your pesky families when they're not cool with your current squeeze? By fleeing north to a secret metaphorical garden, of course!
The garden represents the closed space of the bride's sexuality; yep, the groom is looking to be the only suitor there. In 5:1, everyone seems to be gathered at this garden to watch the two lovers marry. The groom declares, "Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love." Sounds like an interesting party.