Song of Songs, or, Sacred Idyls examines the Song of Songs from a literary standpoint. John Mason Good uses examples from other works of antiquity to explain the Hebrew text and its meanings.
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To sum up, in a few words, the work before us: the arrangement is new and ingenious; the translation faithful and elegant; the poetical version is, for the most part, correct and beautiful; the notes are full of profound learning and good taste. It is a work which every scholar will peruse with pleasure; from which the divine may reap improvement.
—The Annual Review
John Mason Good (1764–1827) received his MD from Marischal College, University of Aberdeen, and was a practicing surgeon as well as a writer. He was versed in Hebrew, Persian, and Arabic, and wrote extensively on medical, classical, and theological matters.