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Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) Masculinity and Femininity Quotes Page 1 Theme

How we cite the quotes: (Chapter:Verse)

Quote #1

Your anointing oils are fragrant, your name is perfume poured out; therefore the maidens love you. (NRSV 1:3)

Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. (KJV 1:3)

Pretty straight forward: all the ladies dig her guy. Guess he's one heck of a man.

Quote #2

I am black and beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has gazed on me. My mother's sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept! (NRSV 1:5-6)

I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. 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. (KJV 1:5-6)

Here, the bride says she doesn't conform to the beauty standards of the day (she's too dark-skinned from working in the vineyards). She also reveals that her brothers have tried to punish her, but that she has a few surprises up her sleeves for them.

Quote #3

O that his left hand were under my head, and that his right hand embraced me! (NRSV 2:6)

His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. (KJV 2:6)

A man putting his big, strong arms around his lady? Sounds like a recipe for a hot and heavy makeout sesh.

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