Nanbokuchō period, mid-14th century
Handscroll fragment, mounted as hanging scroll; ink on paper
31.2 x 52.8 cm (12 1/4 x 20 3/4 in.)
Ex Coll.: Mori Collection
Sōjō Henjō [816–890]
former Daisōjō Jichin [1155–1225]
(16th Round, left)
Cherry trees on Mount Furu at Iso no Kami / are as old as the mountain. / No one knows who planted them there.
(16th Round, right)
The leaves have turned, yet linger / still in the valley. / Autumn showers deepen their colors— / the tenth month of the year.
(17th Round, left)
Everyone again is garbed / in hues of springtime blossoms. / Oh, tear-stained sleeves / will you now become dry?
(17th Round, right)
Vainglorious though I may be, / I yearn to protect, under my priestly sleeves, / the people of this woeful world.
(18th Round, left)
Mist on the tips of the leaves, / dew at the roots of the tree, / sooner or later all will vanish.
(18th Round, right)
Oh, that I may linger / on the darkened path, / that it may brighten with / the Buddha’s Law.