Why the Bride is Ordered to Make Haste

Sermon 58 on The Song of Songs

‘Arise, make haste, my love, my dove, my beautiful one, and come.' Who says this? Doubtless the Bridegroom. And is he not the one who, shortly before, earnestly forbade that his beloved be awakened? Why therefore does he now command her not only to arise but even to hurry? ...

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