The earth. When Junius Brutus and the sons of Tarquin asked the
Delphic Oracle who was to succeed Superbus on the throne of Rome, they
received for answer, “He who shall first kiss his mother.” While the
two princes hastened home to fulfil what they thought was meant, Brutus
fell to the earth, and exclaimed, “Thus kiss I thee, O earth, the great
mother of us all.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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