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Author QuotedWilliam of St. Thierry
Title QuotedExpositio Altera in Cantica
Date (Year/Month/Day)1947/08/31
QuotationI thought for a moment, and with nostalgia, of the old days when I got so much consolation out of the Cistercian Fathers and the history of the Golden Age of the Order-the bright fall days four years ago when I opened Migne [Patrologia Latina] and found St. Ailred [of Rievaulx]. But God has taken all the joy out of what was then a brave new world. However, I am reading now William of St. Thierry's Expositio Altera in Cantica [Second Commentary on the Song of Songs] with profit, but with no special savor of any Cistercianism about it. I mean I don't see the stones of any monastery or see the cloister where he wrote or hear the bells of Signy.
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 104
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