His Presence and His Absence

Sermon 56 on The Song of Songs

Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattices. As the words stand, they seem to say that he who was seen coming by leaps and bounds has arrived at the Bride's dwelling and, standing behind the wall, peeps inquisitively through the windows and chinks, because he is too modest to presume to enter. ...

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On the Song of Songs: Bernard of Clairvaux