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Song of Songs

June 8, 2006

I watched Keeping Mum on DVD recently. This dark British comedy stars Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott-Thomas, and where-the-hell-has-he-been Patrick Swayze. Anyway, it's quite a drag (with a British accent). But what really made me like this movie is Maggie Smith's advice to Atkinson's character, which is a pastor (or something) in the plot. The pastor is experiencing a dead spot in his marriage thanks to his boring and holier than thou stance in life. After Maggie suggested that he read the following passage in the Bible in a different context, the pastor finally broke away from his shell and became one hell of a comical lover. It's surprising, but aside from its figurative connotations, I think it does talk about sex. Your body is a wonderland in Biblical times:

7:1How beautiful are thy feet in sandals, O prince's daughter!
Thy rounded thighs are like jewels,
The work of the hands of a skilful workman.
7:2Thy body is like a round goblet,
Wherein no mingled wine is wanting:
Thy waist is like a heap of wheat
Set about with lilies.
7:3Thy two breasts are like two fawns
That are twins of a roe.
7:4Thy neck is like the tower of ivory;
Thine eyes as the pools in Heshbon,
By the gate of Bath-rabbim;
Thy nose is like the tower of Lebanon
Which looketh toward Damascus.
7:5Thy head upon thee is like Carmel,
And the hair of thy head like purple;
The king is held captive in the tresses thereof.
7:6How fair and how pleasant art thou,
O love, for delights!
7:7This thy stature is like to a palm-tree,
And thy breasts to its clusters.
7:8I said, I will climb up into the palm-tree,
I will take hold of the branches thereof:
Let thy breasts be as clusters of the vine,
And the smell of thy breath like apples,
7:9And thy mouth like the best wine,
That goeth down smoothly for my beloved,
Gliding through the lips of those that are asleep.

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  1. June 8, 2006 7:17 am

    Rowan Atkinson is my favourite Comical Actor. Johnny English was one of his finest. Mr.Bean is always hilarious. 🙂 Thnx for the info.

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