[The troubled brothers of
|THE ELDEST BROTHER||8:5||Who is that there…coming up out of the distant grasslands, leaning upon her lover?|
| [Shulammite and her
lover pause at the far
corner of the family
orchard; in sight but not
hearing of the brothers]
It was under [that] apple tree I first woke you up [to love, my beloved] there where your mother gave you birth.
|SHULAMMITE||Keep me as a signet ring upon your finger…|
|LOVER||For love is as permanent as death,|
|SHULAMMITE||And the passionate drive of love is all-consuming as the most terrible power!|
|LOVER||Its flames are flashes of fire—|
|SHULAMMITE||A pure fire of the Lord God!|
|LOVER||7||Streams of water cannot put it out;|
|SHULAMMITE||Floods of water shall never quench the fire of love.|
|LOVER||If another man were to give all the treasures of his house for love…?|
|SHULAMMITE||He would be utterly despised!|
| [the Shulammite and her
lover move on to where
her brothers are congregated]
| [Long ago my brothers said], Our little sister has no breasts, [But] what shall we do for our sister when the lovers begin to come?
If she be modestly chaste, we shall set upon her [head] a crown of silver;
My breasts are as towers! And I am a virgin, chaste.
| Solomon has a [huge] vineyard near Baal-Hamon and has placed others in charge to watch it—
for its fruits men must pay a thousand pieces of silver!
Like the gazelle or the young deer, take me quickly away, my lover, out to the sweet-smelling mountains.
| [Her Lover escorts the
The lights turn off
and the performers
leave in the darkness;
end of the sixth and