Pimm’s and Hymns and the Songs of Solomon. It sounds an unlikely mix but this particular cocktail worked really well. As John Mann said in the introduction to the reading “It’s not something you expect to find in the Bible.” John and Jane Hawksworth read the two voices of the reading to great effect, drawing out the passion contained in the reading. Parts of the reading are used as part of the Marriage service and other parts often read during the service. The reading is a discourse between two people deeply in love. It gives us in insight how we may have a degree of passion for our Lord. Here is the reading:

Springtime Rhapsody

The voice of my beloved!
   Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
   bounding over the hills.
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.
My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
   and come away;
for now the winter is past,
   the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
   the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle-dove
   is heard in our land.
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.
O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
   in the covert of the cliff,
let me see your face,
   let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
   and your face is lovely.
Catch us the foxes,
   the little foxes,
that ruin the vineyards—
   for our vineyards are in blossom.’
My beloved is mine and I am his;
   he pastures his flock among the lilies.
Until the day breathes
   and the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
   or a young stag on the cleft mountains.