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Poem 40 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets



iro ni idenikeri

   wa ga koi wa

mono ya omou to

hito no tou made


  I have tried to conceal

what seems plain enough to see --

  my love is such that

others have taken to asking

whether my thoughts lie somewhere else.

-- Taira no Kanemori

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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.