Early Church Fathers
1 On the principle that Davidica intelligit, qui Davidica patitur; or, as the German couplet runs,-
"Wer den Dichter will verstehen
Muss in Dichters Lande gehen."
2 The passage is quoted in full by Trench (p. 64). His work, St. Augustin on the Sermon on the Mount, 4th ed., London, 1881, contains an elaborate introductory essay on Augustin as an Interpreter of Scripture. His use of allegory is considered in a separate chapter (iv). An older work is by Clausen: Augustinus, Sac. Script. Interpres, pp. 267, Berol. 1828.