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THE KISS IN HISTORY 9
THE KISS IN POETRY 93
THE KISS IN DRAMATIC LITERATURE 191
THE KISS IN FICTION 225
THE KISS IN HUMOROUS STORY AND ANECDOTE 273
MISCELLANEOUS ASPECTS AND RELATIONS 321
THE KISS IN HISTORY.
THE KISS IMPRIMIS.
"he, in delight Both of her beauty and submissive charms, Smiled with superior love, as Jupiter On Juno smiles, when he impregns the clouds That shed May flowers; and pressed her matron lips With kisses pure."
SIGNIFICANCE AMONG THE HEBREWS.
Originally, in Oriental life, the act of kissing had a symbolical character whose import was, in many respects, of greater breadth than that of the custom in our day. Acts, as Dr. Beard, the German theologian, remarks, speak no less--sometimes far more--forcibly than words. In the early period of society, when the foundation was laid of most even of our Western customs, action constituted a large portion of what we may term human language, or the means of intercommunication between man and man; because then words were less numerous, books unknown, the entire machinery of speaking being in its rudimental and elementary state, less developed and called into play; to say nothing of that peculiarity of the Oriental character which inclined men to general taciturnity, with occasional outbreaks of fervid, abrupt, or copious eloquence. In this language of action, a kiss, inasmuch as it was a bringing into contact of parts of the body of two persons, was naturally the expression and the symbol of affection, regard, respect, and reverence; and if deeper source of its origin were sought for, it would, doubtless, be found in the fondling and caresses with which the mother expresses her tenderness for her babe. That the custom is of very early date, and very varied in its form among the Hebrews, may be seen in numerous familiar citations from Holy Writ.
DIVERSITIES IN THE BIBLE.
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