SKS I: 50

On the last day of the Third Month, when His Majesty’s gentlemen had been summoned before Him and commanded to compose on the spirit of the end of Spring, His Majesty composed the following.


osimu tote
koyoFi kakiwoku
koto no Fa ya
ayanaku Faru no
katami narubeki
Feeling regret,
Tonight I write down
These lines,
So empty; of Spring
Might they serve as a reminder…?

The New Retired Emperor [Sutoku (1119 – 1164; r. 1123 – 1141)]

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