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After suggesting that the shepherd lover and she have gotten behind the Fall into Paradise, back into the Garden of Eden as it were (in Song 7:10), the woman now invites the man into the Garden of delights:
7:11 Come, my beloved,
let us go forth into the fields,
and lodge in the villages;
12 let us go out early to the vineyards,
and see whether the vines have budded,
whether the grape blossoms have opened
and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes give forth fragrance,
and over our doors are all choice fruits,
new as well as old,
which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.
These are the fruits that grow in the pleasure garden: see 4:13. She is that garden. Or, is she speaking now of an orchard? This, as I read it, is an invitation to love — the young woman summons her shepherd lover to her.
Is she inviting him to her or is she offering an invitation for the two of them to find a place, a sacred place, for love? Let us find us a place she says for “there I will give you my love” (7:12).

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