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Poem 38 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets



mi o ba omowazu


hito no inochi no

oshiku mo aru kana


  Having been forgotten,

I care nothing for myself --

  yet concern runs deep

for the life of the one who

pledged his devotion to me.

-- Ukon

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The Annotated Bushido is a companion site of the Jlit website. The complete text of this iconic study of Japanese ethics is provided online, along with extensive notes and careful indications of textual differences between the 1900 and 1905 editions.