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All the World’s books: The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Oku no Hosomichi 奥の細道), Matsuo Bashō


月日は百代の過客にして、行かふ年も又旅人也。舟の上に生涯をうかべ馬の口とらえて老をむかふる物は、日々旅にして、旅を栖とす。古人も多く旅に死せるあり。予もいづれの年よりか、片雲の風にさそはれて、漂泊の思ひやまず、海浜にさすらへ、去年の秋江上の破屋に蜘の古巣をはらひて、やゝ年も暮、春立る霞の空に、白河の関こえんと、そヾろ神の物につきて心をくるはせ、道祖神のまねきにあひて取もの手につかず、もゝ引の破をつヾり、笠の緒付かえて、三里に灸すゆるより、松島の月先心にかゝりて、住る方は人に譲り、杉風が別墅に移るに、
草の戸も住替る代ぞひなの家
面八句を庵の柱に懸置

All the World’s books: The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Oku no Hosomichi 奥の細道), Matsuo Bashō

Text above: the opening sentences to Oku no Hosomichi

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 4 February, 2018

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