Song of Solomon, The Bible

A very long time ago, I stumbled across the Song of Solomon in Sunday School. I was told that it was a poem about love and beauty. It was only much later that I realised how much erotic imagery lies in this poem. Descriptions of bodies and pleasure are older than the Bible – so it seems appropriate to include it within the history of sex.

“King Solomon
1 How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
   O noble daughter!
Your rounded thighs are like jewels,
   the work of a master hand.
Your navel is a rounded bowl
   that never lacks mixed wine.
Your belly is a heap of wheat,
   encircled with lilies.
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
   twins of a gazelle.
Your neck is like an ivory tower.
Your eyes are pools in Heshbon,
   by the gate of Bath-rabbim.
Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon,
   which looks toward Damascus.
Your head crowns you like Carmel,
   and your flowing locks are like purple;
   a king is held captive in the tresses.

How beautiful and pleasant you are,
   O loved one, with all your delights!
Your stature is like a palm tree,
   and your breasts are like its clusters.
I say I will climb the palm tree
   and lay hold of its fruit.
Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine,
   and the scent of your breath like apples,
and your mouth like the best wine.

The Bride
It goes down smoothly for my beloved,
   gliding over lips and teeth.

10 I am my beloved’s,
   and his desire is for me.

11 Come, my beloved,
   let us go out into the fields
   and lodge in the villages;
12 let us go out early to the vineyards
   and see whether the vines have budded,
whether the grape blossoms have opened
   and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes give forth fragrance,
   and beside our doors are all choice fruits,
new as well as old,
   which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.”

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