The bridegroom celebrates his bride's beauty
Song of Solomon 4:1-7
The Song of Solomon is a love song spoken by a groom, by a bride, and by a chorus of “daughters of Jerusalem.” Here the groom speaks of his bride’s beauty using metaphors which may not make sense to the modern reader—or even to the reader in 1611 when the King James Bible was written—such as likening his love’s hair to “a flock of goats.” The beautiful celebration of married love in the Song of Solomon has sometimes been interpreted allegorically as showing God’s love for his people or of Christ’s love for his church.
Behold, thou art fair, my love;
behold, thou art fair;
thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks:
thy hair is as a flock of goats,
that appear from mount Gilead.
Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn,
which came up from the washing;
whereof every one bear twins,
and none is barren among them.
Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet,
and thy speech is comely:
thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.
Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury,
whereon there hang a thousand bucklers,
all shields of mighty men.
Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins,
which feed among the lilies.
Until the day break,
and the shadows flee away,
I will get me to the mountain of myrrh,
and to the hill of frankincense.
Thou art all fair, my love;
there is no spot in thee.