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Plain and Practical Exposition

OF THE

SONG OF SONGS, WHICH IS

SOLOMON'S.

BY EDMUND CLAY, B.A.,

OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

MINISTER OF ST. LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHAPEL, LEAMINGTON PRIORS.

LONDON:

J. DAVIES, 162, FLEET STREET;

BECK, LEAMINGTON.

1853.

101. d. 152.

J. BECK, PRINTER, LEAMINGTON.

PREFACE.

THIS is no attempt at bookmaking, but simply an humble effort to make plain and practical a most precious portion of God's Word, which, for one cause or other, is very generally lost sight of; and so has fallen into a kind of disrepute.

During the summer of 1850, I was led to deliver some twenty or thirty lectures on some portions of the Song of Solomon. At the time, and subsequently, I was much pressed to publish them. Until the close of last year, however, I could not persuade myself that it was either my duty or wisdom to comply with the request of those whose judgment might be more favourable to the delivery of lectures, than the present compressed and (in many instances) extended form of exposition of the whole Song. In the midst of pressing and constant ministerial engagements, I commenced, in December, 1852, the preparation of the following pages, and have hurried them through the press as best I could. I have not sought to adorn, but hope I have been enabled to make plain some portions of Christ's Truth, and the Believer's experience of His dealings. I have expressed, in great plainness of speech, the sublime truths contained in this Song of Songs. Those who seek for truth itself, rather than its adornments and decorations, will pardon the homeliness and simplicity of language, which has been studiously aimed at.

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