Why the Bride Says 'Return'

Sermon 73 on The Song of Songs

“RETURN, MY BELOVED, like a roe or a fawn.” What? He has only just gone and yet you call him back? What has happened in so short a time? Have you forgotten anything? Yes, the Bride has forgotten everything but him, even her own self. Indeed, although she has not lost her reason, she seems now to be unsound in reason; no longer do we see that serenity she usually possesses.

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