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Cairo Love Songs (1.50)
(231 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Egyptian Canonical Compositions; Individual Focus; Love Poems


The following are stanzas from the second of two seven-stanza love songs (numbers 21A-21G) written on a vase, now shattered.1

Cairo Love Songs (1.50)

Subject: Cant 8:6

(Boy) (Number 21A)

If only I were her Nubian maid,

her attendant in secret!

She brings her [a bowl of] mandragoras …

It is in her hand,

while she gives pleasure.

In other words:

she would grant me

the hue of her whole body.

(Boy) (Number 21B)

If only I were the laundryman

of my sister’s linen g…

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Fox, Michael V., “Cairo Love Songs (1.50)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <>

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