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SIS XX: 1323

By His Majesty, Retired Emperor Suzaku (923-952; r. 930-946), on seeing that Senior Grand Empress [Shoshi (950-1000)] was still an infant:

呉竹の我が世は異に成ぬとも音は絶えせずも泣かるべき哉

kuretake no
wa ga yo Fa koto ni
narinu to mo
ne Fa taezu mo
nakarubeki kana
As bamboo from Cathay,
I shall slip the knot;
But though I be gone,
Eternally sobs
I shall weep for you, I feel.

Emperor Suzaku