Ise Shū 24

Thus it was that two years after the Emperor abdicated, he took the tonsure and went to live at a place called Ninna-ji. Occasionally, he would come to visit the Empress. Her Majesty felt a sorrow unlike any other in the world. When the Emperor came to the place where he had lived before, he would have a meal. The ladies who had served him would be summoned to him and, when they were leaving his presence, the Empress:


koto no Fa ni
taesenu tuyu Fa
okuran ya
mukasi oboyuru
madowi sitareba
Upon the leaves that are our words
Never-ending dew
, does it not?
When as in times long gone
We sit around together…

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