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- Cantica Canticorum: Eighty-Six Sermons on the Song of Solomon. Volume 4 of the series Life and Works of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, edited by John Mabillon, translated and edited with additional notes Samuel J. Eales (London: John Hodges, 1896). May be read online, and available in pdf, mobi, epub and other formats, at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive. An edition published as a standalone volume (London: Elliot Stock, 1895) is available at Google Books and at Hathitrust Digital Library (for US residents).
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“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered himself up for it, That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, nor any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.
“So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh: but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother: and shall adhere to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.
“This is a great sacrament: but I speak in Christ, and in the church.” (Ephesians v, 25-32)