Song of Solomon 2

A Country Girl in a Palace
1 I am the rose of Sharon,
And the lily of the valleys.

In the first visits at the palace, she was self-conscious and unsure of her appearance and worth. Now, she describes herself as two fairly commonplace wildflowers. She regarded herself as a flower (definitely having beauty), but as rather plain flowers (not remarkable compared to others).
So she elevated herself EVER so slightly.

The Beloved
2 Like a lily among thorns,
So is my love among the daughters.

Like a lily: The beloved heard the maiden’s almost confident self-description and responded with affirmation. Perhaps she said it with a touch of doubt, and he erased any doubt with his response.
The beloved gave his maiden a precious gift: the gift of feeling preferred. In his estimation, she was the flower and the other girls were just thorns.