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Poem 95 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets



ukiyo no tami ni

   ōu kana

wa ga tatsu soma ni

sumizome no sode


   Unworthy as I am,

I shall raise a cover to protect

   those of this mournful world.

For I now live on Mount Hiei

in a robe with sleeves dyed black.

-- Former Archbishop Jien

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