…The seventh heresy is to say that the Canticle of Canticles was not written by the spirit of the true God but by the breath of Cupid, and that nothing else is found in it but amorous words of king Solomon and of his wife, the daughter of Pharaoh. According to this view, it is a profane canticle, which is why, they say, it does not mention the name of God.

…But so that there would be no ground for suspecting that the Canticle was written about Pharaoh’s daughter or about some other particular woman, the Holy Spirit willed things to be written about the bride which could not all apply to any one woman. Moreover, it is, we believe, for the same reason that when the bride’s beauty is praised and vividly described, some expressions are used which apply very well to the Church, but which would be unseemly for a woman. For what would be the beauty of a woman whose head was as large as Carmel, whose nose ┬áresembled a tower, whose eyes were like fish-pools and whose teeth were like shorn sheep? (St Robert Bellarmine, Controversies, I, V)

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