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KISSING. Kissing the bible is a ceremony used in taking the corporal oath, the object being, as the canonists say, to denote the assent of the witness to the oath in the form it is imposed. The witness kisses either the whole bible, or some portion of it; or a cross in some countries. See the ceremony explained in Oughton's Ord. Tit. Constit. on Courts, part 3, sect. 1, Sec. 3 Junkin on the Oath, 173, 180; 2 Evan's Pothier, 234.

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That's nonsense,' said the Princess; 'and if I can kiss him, you can too.
For indeed the moonlight that fell across her bosom was not whiter than my thoughts, nor could any kiss--were it even such a kiss as Venus promised to the betrayer of Psyche--even in its fiercest delirium, be other than dross compared with the wild white peace of those silent hours when we lay thus married and maiden side by side.
Thou could'st not prize the rose and the nightingale, but thou wast ready to kiss the swineherd for the sake of a trumpery plaything.
But this kiss had tasted soapsuds, and the lips, he had noticed, were flabby.
He made up his mind to kiss Miss Wilkinson; not then, but in the evening; it would be easier in the dark, and after he had kissed her the rest would follow.
Methinks thou art right," quoth Robin, "and, contrariwise, that when we kiss a pleasure that appeareth gay it turneth foul to us; is it not so, Little John?
Your husband," he said, smiling, "has sent me over to kiss you.
Let her go and kiss Gub- Gub--if she MUST kiss something.
he said, patting her on the back, "go and kiss your aunt and your grandfather.
And it is not long since a knight of the island of Rhodes that was hardy and valiant said that he would kiss her.
Helen could hardly restrain herself from saying out loud what she thought of a man who brought up his daughter so that at the age of twenty-four she scarcely knew that men desired women and was terrified by a kiss.
The children used to laugh at me, at first; and they even went so far as to throw stones at me, when they saw me kiss Marie.