Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse

Song of Songs 4:8-16

Our last reading gave us two parts of a delightful Canticle: we will now read the third portion, in which the King is the chief speaker, and rejoices to extol his bride, even as the Lord Jesus rejoiceth over his church.

The King thus speaks—

Song of Songs 4:8

Jesus would have us look above the highest earthly delights, and leave all earthly loves for his sake. Shall he say, “Come with me,” and shall we refuse to follow? Hear how he sets forth his love to us, his jay over us.

Song of Songs 4:9

Though but one grace be seen in us, Jesus spies it out, and is charmed with it; such is his condescending love.

Song of Songs 4:10, 11

In the esteem of Jesus, the love, the spirit, the words, and the outward conduct of his people are all acceptable.

Song of Songs 4:12-15

Jesus thus extols his beloved Church, but having done so, he intercedes for her that the Holy Spirit may visit her, for what would she be without him? Listen to the Redeemer’s prayer.

Song of Songs 4:16

Moved by the love of her Lord, and influenced by the Spirit, the Church begs the Lord to come nearer to her.

To her he answers lovingly.

Song of Songs 5:1

Song of Songs 5:1

Jesus accepts us and our fruits; let us therefore rejoice in him and feast upon him.

 

He calls me from the lion’s den,

From this wild world of beasts and men,

To Zion, where his glories are—

Not Lebanon is half so fair;

 

Nor dens of prey, nor flowery plains,

Nor earthly joys, nor earthly pains,

Shall hold my feet, or force my stay,

When Christ invites my soul away.

 

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