Commenting on the Song of Songs 4:10, Paul Griffiths ( Song of Songs (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) , 108-9 ) points out that love’s wound is not only the result of failed love or love’s absence, but inherent in love itself: “As the lover caresses his beloved’s hair and gazes into her eyes and murmurs the sweet nothings of desire into her ear he wounds her by provoking in her an intensity of delight and desire that she knows, viscerally and bone-deep, he cannot satisfy. He, in desiring and delighting in her, knows the same about her. What she provokes in him exceeds what she can given him: the gift of being a lover provided by being beloved is so far in excess of what its giver and recipient are that the gift is both ludicrous . . . and agonizing at the same time.”
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