Your lips are like a thread of scarlet, and your mouth is lovely: your temples are like a piece of pomegranate behind your veil.
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George Leo Haydock
Scarlet. Preachers of the gospel (St. Gregory) must speak with elegance, and have their lips dyed with the blood of Christ, and purified with coals from the altar. (Calmet)
So, if we may use the words of a living critic, who is sometimes accurate, "a commentator ought to study at the foot of his crucifix, and write with ink drawn from the heart of Jesus. "(Haydock)
Pomegranate. Plump and ruddy, representing the purity of the Church, and of virgins, who are its "flower "(St. Cyprian) and bring forth fruits of good works. (St. Augustine, de Virg.)