Off the Bookshelf: In the Biblical Sense

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Short excerpts from long reads

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My beloved spake, and said unto me,
            
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For, lo, the winter is past,
           
the rain is over and gone;
the flowers appear on the earth;
           
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
the fig tree putteth forth her green figs,
           
and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock,
           
in the secret places of the stairs,
let me see thy countenance,
let me hear thy voice;
for sweet is thy voice,
and thy countenance is comely.
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines:
           
for our vines have tender grapes.
My beloved is mine, and I am his:
           
he feedeth among the lilies.
Until the day break,
           
and the shadows flee away,
turn, my beloved,
and be thou like a roe or a young hart
upon the mountains of Bether.

~ from The Bible

Image credit: The Ken Cook

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