On the last day of the Third Month, when His Majesty’s gentlemen had been summoned before Him and commanded to compose on the spirit of the end of Spring, His Majesty composed the following.
koto no Fa ya
ayanaku Faru no
Tonight I write down
So empty; of Spring
Might they serve as a reminder…?
The New Retired Emperor [Sutoku (1119 – 1164; r. 1123 – 1141)]