An Invitation to Be Invited

It is hard to figure out who is speaking in Song of Solomon 1:4. Some translations have it that the Shulamite does all the speaking, and other translations have the first half as her and the last half as her friends. Another translation has the first line as her, the second as her friends, the third as her, the fourth and fifth as her friends, and then the last as her.
Without trying to figure when it is the Shulamite speaking or her friends, notice the tone of the passage,
Draw me away!
We will run after you.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will be glad and rejoice in you.
We will remember your love more than wine.
Rightly do they love you.
(Song of Solomon 1:4)
What I hear initially is the Shulamite inviting Solomon to invite her, because she desires him and wants him to desire her. Love is good and everyone involved rejoiced in the love between the Shulamite and Solomon.

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