This work, Le Cantique de cantiques, interprété selon le sens mystique , was published in 1688, during the time when Madame Guyon and her spiritual director Père la Combe were beginning to experience persecution in response to the mystical ideas she was teaching throughout Europe. It is a mystical commentary of the Song of Songs, for which there had been a long tradition in the church (Origen, Bernard of Clairvaux, and many others) – finding in the erotic Old Testament book expression for the rapturous soul completely in love with God, seeking union with God in Christ. Madame Guyon actually wrote a mystical commentary on the entire Bible, of which this work is a part. This commentary was used as evidence against her in an examination of heresy by archbishop Bossuet (1694-95), resulting in a condemnation of her teachings by the Catholic Church.
This edition contains extracts from her own defense of her writings, Justifications , in the footnotes.