Monday, June 10, 2013
Just a kiss?
An excerpt from Douglas Bond’s book:
Fathers & Sons Stand Fast (pg 135)
“What’s the big deal? It’s just a kiss.” So says the postmodern world you live in. Wiser minds through the centuries, however, have not agreed.
Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1469-1536), in his colloquy The Wooer and the Maiden, exposed the sexual impatience of a young man attempting to woo Maria, a chaste young woman who liked him but was wisely cautious.
His advances frustrated, the young man asked, “Shan’t I have anything from you to take with me?”
Maria replied, “This scent ball, which may gladden your heart.”
“Add a kiss at least,” moaned the wooer.
Maria said, “I want to deliver to you a virginity whole and unimpaired.”
The wooer scoffed. “Does a kiss rob you of your virginity?”
Maria cleverly replied, “Then do you want me to bestow my kisses on others too?”
The wooer was indignant. “Of course not. I want your kisses kept for me.”
“I’ll keep them for you,” Maria replied, and for that reason, “I wouldn’t dare give away kisses just now.” She offered him a handshake instead and concluded, “Meanwhile, I’ll pray Christ to bless and prosper us both in what we do.”