Page:The Kiss and its History.djvu/50

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This page has been validated.

In another Servian lay, the lover sings that he would rather kiss his sweetheart than be the Sultan's guest. In Spain the lover wishes he were the water-cooler so that he might kiss his darling's lips when she is drinking:

Arcarrasa de tu casa,
Chiquiya, quisiera ser,
Para besarte los labios
Quando fueras á beber.

The Greeks say that the kiss is "the key to Paradise"; yea, it is Paradise itself, declares Wergeland:

Nay, bride, thine embrace more than heav'n I prize;
Oh, kiss me once more that to heav'n I rise.

W. F. H.

The kiss is a preservation against every ill. "No ill-luck can betide me when she bestows on me a kiss," sings the old trouvère, Colin Muset:

Se de li ai un douz baisier
Ne me porroit nus mals venir.

It gives health and strength, adds Heine:

Yet could I kiss thee, O my soul,
Then straightway I should be made whole.

W. F. H.