Canticles 2:12, 10, 14
The flowers have appeared in our land, the time of pruning is come, the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come; my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow places of the wall.
Verse 12. Pruning. Prot. “singing of birds.” H. — But the former version is better. Sept. Sym. &c. — Turtle. Which returns in spring. Is. viii. 9. C. — It denotes the preaching of the gospel, (S. Cyr. ador. 15.) or rather the sighs of a holy soul in exile.
Verse 10. Arise. He sings under the window, to v. 16. — My dove, is taken from the Sept. C. — Christ invites his spouse to approach, though he shews not himself as yet; and orders his pastors to root out heresies. v. 25. W. — She is ever faithful, and rejoices in him. 2 Cor. xi. 2. Matt. ix. 15. Eph. v. 26. C.
Verse 14. Rock. Wild pigeons retire thither. Varro, iii. 7. Koilhn eiseptato petrhn. Il. 20. Ser. xlviii. 28. C. — Holy souls seek protection in the wounds of their Saviour. S. Greg. S. Bern. ser. lxi. — Wall. In the holy Scriptures, which defend the Church. She is brought to light for the edification of all. M.