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The Master-Singers of Japan, by Clara A. Walsh, [1914], at

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A.D. 1610–1701

A Priest whose reputation as a scholar attracted the attention of the famous Daimio of Mito, Mitsukuni, who caused a vast library to be collected and maintained scholars for researches which resulted in the compilation of the Dainihoushi = "History of Japan."


By Keichiu

The Spring hath bent its magic bow
The heavens eterne, the earth below
Rich with its hidden ore, are veiled
       In mist-wreaths grey.
High on the mountain-ledge the snow
Melts, and once-frozen ponds o’erflow
       This first Spring day.
The plum-trees’ branches gently sway
From the young blossoms’ fair array
The nightingale trills forth her song
       So tender-sweet.

Now memories of the bygone year
Fade in our hearts, new joys appear
       Our hopes to greet.

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When can we to the meadows pass,
To pluck the herbs among the grass?
When will the budding willows flame
       In living gold?
When will the cherry-blossoms glow?
To-day, in minds of high and low,
       These thoughts unfold!

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