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Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern

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Author: Edgar Saltus
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 58,121 / 185 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 617
Added to site: 2010.05.25
mnybks.net#: 27896
Genre: Essays
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came odious, and in the Song of Songs, which, canonically, was attributed to him, but which the higher criticism has shown to be an anonymous work, that contempt was expressed.

Something else was expressed. The Song of Songs is the gospel of love. Humanity at the time was sullen when not base. Nowhere was there love. The anterior stories of Jacob and Rachel, of Rebekah and Isaac, of Boaz and Ruth, are little novels, subsequently evolved, concerning people that had lived long before and probably never lived at all. To scholars they are wholly fabulous. Even otherwise, these legends do not, when analyzed, disclose love. Ruth herself with her magnificent phrase--"Where thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God,"--does not display it. Historically its advent is in the Song of Songs.

The poem, perhaps originally a pastoral in dialogue form, but more probably a play, has, for central situation, the love of a peasant for a shepherd, a

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