Izumi Shikibu

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Out of the dark,
Into a dark path
I now must enter:
Shine on me from afar,
Moon of the mountain fringe!

Izumi Shikibu (Japanese: 和泉式部, b. 976?) was a mid Heian period Japanese poet.

Quotes[edit]

  • Kuraki yori
    Kuraki michi ni zo
    lrinubeki
    Haruka ni terase
    Yama no ha no tsuki.
    • Out of the dark,
      Into a dark path
      I now must enter:
      Shine on me from afar,
      Moon of the mountain fringe!
    • Translated by Arthur Waley
    • "Said to be [Izumi Shikibu's] death-verse; the moon may refer to Buddha's teachings." Anthology Of Japanese Literature (1955) by Donald Keene, p. 92

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