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SKKS VIII: 768

After the death of the Rokujō Regent [Fujiwara no Motozane (1143-1166)], one of his ladies picked one of the peonies he had planted and sent it to Shige’ie:

かたみとて見ればなげきのふかみ草なに中なかのにほひなるらん

katami tote
mireba nageki no
fukamigusa
nani naka naka no
nioinaruran
‘In memory of him,’ I think;
At the sight my grief
Grows deeper, o, peony,
Why so rich
Your glowing hues?

Senior Assistant Governer General of the Dazaifu [Fujiwara no] Shige’ie (1128-1180)