MYS XIX: 4216


yö nö naka nö
tune naki kötö pa
siruramu wo
kökörö tukusu na
masurawo ni site
This world of ours
Does not last forever,
That you know;
So, do not use up all your heart
And make yourself a strong man.

The above poems were composed by Yakamochi, Lord Ōtomo, in condolence with his son-in-law, [Kusumaro] the second son of Minister of the Right, of the Fujiwara Southern House, on the death of his mother. Fifth Month 27th day.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *