Just before the year 1300, Blessed Mechtilde was asked by a certain brother to put this question to our Lord in prayer: “Where are the souls of Samson, Solomon, Origen and Trajan?” He answered her: “That which My love has done with the soul of Samson, I wish to be unknown, that men may fear to avenge themselves further upon their enemies. What My mercy has done with the soul of Solomon, I wish to be hidden from men, so that they may the rather shun carnal sins. What My kindness has done with the soul of Origen, I wish to be hidden, so that no one, trusting in his own science, should dare be lifted up. And what My generosity has commanded concerning the soul of Trajan, I wish men not to know, that the Catholic faith may thereby be the more extolled: for although he was excellent in all virtues, he lacked Christian faith and baptism” (quoted by Cornelius a Lapide, Commentary on Ecclesiasticus, 47:22).

…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  resembled a tower, whose eyes were like fish-pools and whose teeth were like shorn sheep? (St Robert Bellarmine, Controversies, I, V)