The Blackness and Beauty of the Bridegroom and Bride

Sermon 28 on The Song of Songs

I presume you remember what I consider those curtains to be to which the beauty of the bride is compared, to which Solomon they belong, and how the comparison drawn from them is directed to the manifestation and praise of that beauty. But if anyone thinks that it should rather be directed to the blackness, then we must call to mind those curtains with which Solomon once covered the tabernacle. ...

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On the Song of Songs: Bernard of Clairvaux