yape saku gotoku
yatuyo no wo
imase wa ga seko
|As the hydrangeas
Have eightfold blooms,
For eight generations, and more
I would have you live, my friend!
The sight will ever bring me thoughts of you…
Minister of the Left, Tachibana no Moroe
A poem composed on the 28th day of the Eleventh Month, when the Minister of the Left had gathered with others to celebrate at the residence of Tachibana no Naramaro, the Minister of War.