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Christ calls his spouse: she languishes with love: and describes him by his graces.

[10] My beloved is white and ruddy, chosen out of thousands.

[10] "My beloved": In this and the following verses, the church mystically describes Christ to those who know him not, that is, to infidels in order to convert them to the true faith.

[11] His head is as the finest gold: his locks as branches of palm trees, black as a raven. [12] His eyes as doves upon brooks of waters, which are washed with milk, and sit beside the plentiful streams. [13] His cheeks are as beds of aromatical spices set by the perfumers. His lips are as lilies dropping choice myrrh. [14] His hands are turned and as of gold, full of hyacinths. His belly as of ivory, set with sapphires. [15] His legs as pillars of marble, that are set upon bases of gold. His form as of Libanus, excellent as the cedars.

[16] His throat most sweet, and he is all lovely: such is my beloved, and he is my friend, O ye daughters of Jerusalem. [17] Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside, and we will seek him with thee?

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