Thursday, July 12, 2007

mystical exegesis of psalm 45

That's what I've been reading.  Take for example verse 9 / 10:  "Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women:  upon thy right hand did stand the queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours."

Richard of St. Victor writes:  "O most sweet light of the purified mind, O wisdom of all the sciences, which are, as it were, honourable women to the Queen, that queen who always standeth on the right hand of God in a vesture of gold.  Sometimes as a herald before a king, sometimes as a sound before the articulate word, sometimes as righteousness before the face of God, sometimes as the law in the presence of the Judge, so are these her handmaids to her, the Queen.  But thou, O Queen, art thyself the immaculate law, the faithful testimony of the Lord, the lucid precept, the right judgment, the holy fear of God, the sweet meditation, herald and interpreter of the entire God."

Historical criticism is so boring.

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