At a time when the Lady Jōtōmon’in [Fujiwara no Shōshi] was Empress, on the day His Majesty took Holy Orders when suffering from an unprecedented illness, he sent this to her:


aki kaze no
tsuyu no yadori ni
kimi o okite
chiri o idenuru
koto zo kanashiki
With the autumn wind
Upon this house of dew wherein
I leave you;
To have set forth into dust
Is a grief, indeed…

Retired Emperor Ichijō (986-1011; r. 980-1011)

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