I Haue put off my cote, [and confesse my nakednesse, hauing of my selfe nothing:] how shall I put it on againe? I haue washed my feete: [and am made cleane,] how shall I defile my selfe againe? [Yea therefore, séeing I am once by thée made cleane, I here promise now vnto thée, neuer to defile or pol∣lute my selfe with sinne againe.]
My welbeloued put in his hand by the hole of the doore, and my hart and bowels were affectioned, or mo∣ued towards him.
I rose vp to open to my beloued, and my hands drop∣ped with Mirrh: and the Mirrh ran downe my fin∣gers vpon the hands of the barre, or locke.
I opened vnto my welbeloued, but he was depar∣ted and gone his waie past me, and my hart was gone when he did speake. [For when I sought him, and would faine haue béene annointed of Christ, I could not find him, bicause I thought to annoint him with my good works.] I sought him, [I saie] and could not find him: I called, and cried vpon him, but he answered mee not. [For he left me for a time, to the end he might stir vp in me a greater desire of him by continu∣all praier.]
So the [wicked] watchmen [and false teachers] that went about the citie found me: they smote me, and wounded my [conscience with their traditions,] yea the watchmen that kept the walles, tooke awaie my vaile or kerchife Page 18 from mee.
I charge you [therefore] O ye daughters of Ierusa∣lem, [ye godlie watchmen of Zion, from whence the lawe & salua∣tion commeth] if ye find my welbeloued, that you tell him that I am sicke of loue, [and that ye direct me vnto him.]