ShGSS IV: 214

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Dowager Empress during the Reign of the Kanpyō Emperor.


natsu no yo wa
mizu masareba ya
ama no kawa
nagaruru tsuki no
kage mo todomenu
On a summer night
Perhaps, because the waters are so fine
Of the River of Heaven?
Drifting, the moon’s
Face, too, tarries not.


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