MACBETH: I will not yield, To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet, And to be baited with the rabble's curse. ~ Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 8
I'll kiss the ground. I'll tell my mother, I'll tell my father, I'll tell my loved one, I'll tell my brothers How much I love them.
To kiss the ground: A proverbial phrase for surrender or abnegation; to submit or to yield; to bow down, to prostrate in front of the Lord.
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
~ from The Essential Rumi, translations by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, 1995.
28 May 1982: The Pope arrived at Gatwick Airport where he bent and kissed the tarmac. This was to show respect and reverence to the nation and its peoples as well as express his gratitude to them for inviting or welcoming him into their land.
"Penance! Penance! Penance! Pray to God for sinners. Kiss the ground as an act of penance for sinners!" ~ Lourdes apparitions to Saint Bernadette in 1858
KATE: Well, that's really meant to be the rescue of the whole situation, where now suddenly out of all this darkness and weight comes light. You know, the weightiness is gone and here's the morning, and it's meant to feel very positive and bright and uplifting from the rest of dense, darkness of the previous track. And although it doesn't say so, in my mind this was the song where they were rescued, where they get pulled out of the water. And it's very much a song of seeing perspective, of really, you know, of being so grateful for everything that you have, that you're never grateful of in ordinary life because you just abuse it totally. And it was also meant to be one of those kind of "thank you and goodnight" songs. You know, the little finale where everyone does a little dance and then the bow and then they leave the stage. [laughs]
KATE:And it was also meant to be one of those kind of "thank you and goodnight" songs. You know, the little finale where everyone does a little dance and then the bow and then they leave the stage. [laughs] - gaffa.org/reaching/ir85_r1.html