SKKS IX: 886

When he was leaving to go on a pilgrimage to a distant place, people were regretful that they should be parted, so he composed this.


tanome okan
kimi mo kokoro ya
nagusamu to
kaeran koto wa
itsu to naku tomo
I promise; that
To your hearts may
Bring peace, but
My return,
I know not when ’twill be…

The Monk Saigyō

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