St. Jerome sees Virgin Mary in these two poetic verses in the Bible. He sees her as the fruit, or increase, and the rose, or flower.
“Then the Earth shall yield her increase:Psalms 67:6
God, our iwn God, shall bless us.”
“I am the rose of Sharon,Song of Songs 2:1
And the lily of the valleys.”
Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.