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"The Voice Of The Turtle"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: The exuberance of youth in the springtime, the joyous infatuation of tender love, enhanced by the reawakening of the flora and fauna, in the spring's dewy freshness flow elatedly through the verses of this song:

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.