We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
2:8 The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.
2:9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice.
2:10 My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away;
2:11 for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
2:13 The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
I always thought it amusing when it was "the voice of the turtle is heard in the land." The Song of Solomon is good stuff, a glimpse into Jewish history and literature. Pic is our common North American Mourning dove.
We can excuse some poetic license given the beautiful imagery of the original.... Notice that in the original the pronoun "it" appears instead of "he" - which supports the traditional interpretation of this book as an allegory of G-d and Israel, and the giving of the Torah.
8. The voice of my beloved, here it comes, skipping on the mountains, bounding on the heights.
9. My beloved is like a deer or cantering stag, here it is, standing behind our (stone) walls, looking in from the windows, peering from the cracks.
10. My beloved answered/called and said to me, arise, my companion, my beauty, and come/walk ye.
(the word for "answered" implies repeated calls/entreaties)
11. For autumn has past, the rain has passed and gone.
(only 2 major seasons in Israel - rainy winter, dry summer)
12. The sprouts/seedlings appear in the land, the time of pruning has come, the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
(The word "zamir" can refer to a species of songbird, to song in general, or to pruning fruit trees and grapevines.)
13. The fig has set its fruits, and the blossoming vines give forth fragrance. Arise ye, my companion, my beauty, and walk/come forth.
(It will still be some time before the figs actually ripen here, in the heat of summer. This word refers to the first swelling of fertilized fruits.)