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Certain Noble Plays of Japan by Ezra Pound PDF

By Ezra Pound

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HIME I am a girl named Hitomaru from Kamega-engayatsu, My father, Akushichi-bioye Kagekiyo, Fought by the side of Heike, And is therefore hated by Genji. He was banished to Miyazaki in Hinga, To waste out the end of his life. Though I am unaccustomed to travel, I will try to go to my father. HIME AND TOMO (describing the journey as they walk across the bridge and the stage) Sleeping with the grass for our pillow, The dew has covered our sleeves. (singing) Of whom shall I ask my way As I go out from Tagami province?

KAGEKIYO What exile? TOMO One who is called Akushichi-bioye Kagekiyo, a noble who fought under Heike. KAGEKIYO Indeed? I have heard of him, but I am blind, I have not looked in his face. I have heard of his wretched condition and pity him. You had better ask for him at the next place. TOMO (to Hime) It seems that he is not here, shall we ask further? (they pass on) KAGEKIYO Strange, I feel that woman who has just passed is the child of that blind man. Long ago I loved a courtezan in Atsuta, one time when I was in that place.

KAGEKIYO My eyes will not show it me, yet the autumn wind is upon us. HIME The wind blows from an unknown past, and spreads our doubts through the world. The wind blows, and I have no rest, nor any place to find quiet. KAGEKIYO Neither in the world of passion, nor in the world of colour, nor in the world of non-colour, is there any such place of rest; beneath the one sky are they all. Whom shall I ask, and how answer? TOMO Shall I ask the old man by the thatch? KAGEKIYO Who are you? TOMO Where does the exile live?

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