He Feeds Among the Lilies

Sermon 70 on The Song of Songs

“My beloved is mine and I am his; he feeds among the lilies.” Who would now accuse the Bride of presumption or insolence, if she says that she is admitted into the company of him who feeds among the lilies? Even if she said he fed among the stars, the very fact that he is said to feed would make it seem a very ordinary thing to enjoy his friendship, for the act of feeding sounds a commonplace and humble thing. ...

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