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Q: Movies and Film ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Movies and Film
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: par-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 21 Jun 2002 08:08 PDT
Expires: 21 Jun 2003 08:08 PDT
Question ID: 31178
In the movie "ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA" the young Deborah,the
character played by Jennifer Connally, recites a pharaphrased version
of one of the psalms to the young Noodles. What is the psalm that is
paraphrased? Which version of which bible? Any particular translation?
Subject: Re: Movies and Film
Answered By: j_philipp-ga on 21 Jun 2002 12:34 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Par,

This is what I could make of young Deborah's (Jennifer Connelly)
"My beloved is white and [ruddy?]
His skin is as the most fine gold
His cheeks are as a bed of spices
(Even though he hasn't washed since last december.)

His eyes are as the eyes of [dance?]
His body is as [great?] ivory
His legs are as pillars in marble
(In pants so dirty they stand by themselves.)

He's altogether lovable
But'll always be a two-bit punk
So he'll never be my beloved
What a shame."

Project Gutenberg provides a text download of the Bible, which brings
up the following:

Holy Bible, The Douay-Rheims Version -- Old Testament -- Part 2

"[Solomon's] Canticle of Canticles Chapter 5 (...)

5:10. My beloved is white and ruddy, chosen out of thousands.

5:11. His head is as the finest gold:  his locks as branches of palm
trees, black as a raven.

5:12. His eyes as doves upon brooks of waters, which are washed with
milk, and sit beside the plentiful streams.

5:13. His cheeks are as beds of aromatical spices set by the
His lips are as lilies dropping choice myrrh.

5:14. His hands are turned and as of gold, full of hyacinths.  His
belly as of ivory, set with sapphires.

5:15. His legs as pillars of marble, that are set upon bases of gold.
His form as of Libanus, excellent as the cedars.

5:16. His throat most sweet, and he is all lovely:  such is my
beloved, and he is my friend, O ye daughters of Jerusalem."

Hope this is it!
par-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
i philipp, thank you very much. i've been looking for this for years. par

Subject: Re: Movies and Film
From: dliston-ga on 21 Jun 2002 12:40 PDT
You can download the audio clip in mp3 format from the following url:

This is a paraphrase from the Bible book Song of Songs (or Song of
Solomon) Chapter 5.  Possibly the King James version.


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