My welbeloued is mine, and I am his: hee feedeth among the lillies vntill the daie breake, and till the shadowes be gone.
Page 13 Returne [I praie thée] and come againe, O my beloued [Christ,] and be like a Roe, or yoong Hart vpon the wild mountaines of Bether, [euer most readie to helpe and de∣fend me in all dangers.]
In my bed by night, [or in my troubles] I sought him whom my soule loueth, yea diligentlie sought I him, but I found him not [by carnall reason, but by the scriptures] neither was I incontinentlie heard.
[And bicause we must continue in praier till we féele comfort, though we féele it not at the first:] therefore thought I, I will now rise and get vp, and go about the citie by the streets, and by the hie waies and open places, and will seeke him [by praier continuallie,] whom my soule loueth, [for I desire to be ioined inseparably to Christ my husband.] But when I sought him [by carnall reason] I found him not, [but by the scriptures. Then séeking further vnto all others also, of whom I hoped to haue any comfort & succor, at last] the watch∣men that went about the citie found mee, to whom I said, Sawe ye not him whom my soule loueth?
So when I was a little past them, I found him [by the preaching of his word] whom my soule loueth. I haue gotten hold vpon him, and will not let him go, vntill I haue brought him into my mothers house, [euen] into the chamber of hir that conceiued me, and bare me.