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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 11:09 pm    Post subject: Samurai Death Poem 辞世 Reply with quote
Just trying to appreciate two Death Poems, and my attempt at interpreting them

Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578)

「四十九年 一睡夢 一期栄華 一盃酒」
A life of 49 years
Is just like a blink of a dream
A glorious moment
Is just like a cup of sake


And of course my signature's Atsumori. Legend of Taira no Atsumori (1169–1184)
「人間五十年、
化天のうちを比ぶれば夢幻の如くなり
一度生を享け、滅せぬもののあるべきか」
Not sure the meaning if 享け, in other version it's written as 得て

The life of a human, 50 years.
If it's compared to life in Nirmaannarati, just a shadow in a dream.
Is there such being that does not perish, after having to live its life?


All of them expresses the feeling of Mujoukan 無常観 or non-eternality of all things, especially human life, how life is nothing compared to other greater worlds in Buddhist concepts.

There are more, but I can't confidently translate them

Mōri Motonari (1497-1571)
「友を得て なほぞうれしき 桜花 昨日にかはる 今日のいろ香は」

Ashikaga Yoshiteru (1536-1565)

「五月雨は 露か涙か 不如帰 我が名をあげよ 雲の上まで」

Shimizu Muneharu (1537-1582)

「浮世をば 今こそ渡れ武士の 名を高松の 苔に残して」

Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616)

「嬉しやと 再びさめて 一眠り 浮き世の夢は 暁の空」

Ishida Mitsunari (1560-1600)

「筑摩江や 芦間に灯す かがり火と ともに消えゆく 我が身なりけり」

from : Japanese wikipedia
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