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MEDITATIONS

ON THE

SECOND AND THIRD CHAPTERS OF THE SACRED BOOK

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CANTICLES.

“ Behold, a greater than Solomon is here!"-ST. MATTHEW xii. 42.
“ This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church."
--EPHESIANS v. 32.

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MEDITATIONS

ON

CHAPTER II.

“ TAE testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”— Rev. xix. 10.

“Thy testimonies are wonderful : therefore doth my soul keep them."---PSALM cxix. 129.

“The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.”-REV. xxii. 17.

MEDITATIONS.

CHAPTER II.

VER. 1.—“I am the Rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the

valleys."

YES! there are roses on this guilty earth!
God in his rough wind stays the rougher East, (a)
And lets them cheer this land of banishment,
Bright, beautiful, and fragrant as they are ;
Relics of Paradise !—Types, too, no doubt,
How in our moral desert still remain
Some sweet alleviations, (6) Eden buds
Graciously rescued, when terrific blast
Fell on its bowers of holy happiness,
And made to germinate in ruder earth,
Sons of affliction bending under toil,
Daughters of anguish fainting on your way,
Thorny and difficult, and full of woe-
Yea, almost tempted in some painful hour,
Impatient of home-distance, to lie down
“ Beneath the junipers," and wish to die ; (c)

(a) Isa. xxvii. 8.

(6) Prov. xvii. 6, 17; xix. 14. (c) 1 Kings xix. 4.

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