On the Four Ointments of the Bridegroom and the Four Cardinal Virtues

Sermon 22 on The Song of Songs

If the ointments of the bride are as precious and exquisite as you have heard them portrayed, how matchless must those of the Bridegroom be! And though any exposition of mine will fail to do justice to them, we must accept that their power is great and their grace efficacious, since their odor alone is enough to make not only the maidens but even the bride run....

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