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SZS XX: 1278

After he had left Mount Takano, he went to Futamigaura in the province of Ise and, hearing that the sacred mountain in the Grand Shrine was called the Mountain of the Divine Way, he composed this, feeling that Dainichi Nyorai had manifested there.

深くいりて神路の奧を尋ぬれば又うゑもなき峰のまつ風

Fukaku irite
kamudi no woku
tadunureba
mata uwe mo naki
mine no matu kaze
If to the heights
Of the Divine Way
One were to tread,
Still-with nought above
The peak-’twould be the pine-tree wind that blows.

The Monk En’i

SZS IX: 604

When the Monk Saijū died, on hearing that he had been at peace at the last, he composed this and sent it to the Monk En’i.

みだれずとをはり聞くこそ嬉しけれさても別は慰まねども

midarezu to
woFari kiku koso
uresikere
sate mo wakare Fa
nagusamanedomo
That he had no pain
At the end-to hear that
Pleases me;
Yet in any parting
There is no consolation.

The Monk Jakuzen

SZS IX: 603

When the Monk Saijū, a fellow pilgrim, became ill around Autumn time, seeing he had not long to live, Saigyō composed:

諸共にながめながめて秋の月ひとりにならむことぞ悲しき

morotomo ni
nagame nagamete
aki no tuki
Fitori ni naramu
koto zo kanasiki
Together
Have we gazed and gazed again
Upon the Autumn moon;
To do it alone
Will be sad indeed.

The Monk En’i