Ise Shū 26

The Prince she had borne when she had served the Emperor, passed away in his fifth year, and all the world felt it source of extraordinary grief. Although she grieved, she knew there was nothing that could be done about it and felt it was not enough to want to live no longer, so she filled her days and nights with love; then from the man who had nicknamed her ‘Seen it!’ came:


omoFu yori
iFu Fa oroka ni
tatoFete iFamu
koto no Fa zo naki
More than my thoughts:
Speech cannot express them
So –
By comparison speaking
Words is lacking, indeed!

She no longer had such feelings, so she sent no reply.

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