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SZS X: 606

Once, when He was a Prince, He went over to the Toba Palace and was asked to compose on the spirit of ‘the bamboo is a friend for many a year’ by the Hachijō-In Princess, so He composed.

幾千世とかぎらざりける呉竹や君が齡のたぐひなるらむ

iku tiyo to
kagirazarikeru
kuretake ya
kimi ga yoFaFi no
taguFi naruramu
How many thousand years-
Unlimited-lives
Chinese bamboo;
My Lady’s age
Will be of its span, I’d say.

The Retired Emperor [Goshirakawa]
後白河院