No. 12 Angels on Earth

9th century. Sōjō is a (Buddhist) title of rank more or less equivalent to “Bishop.” The poet, apparently struck by the beauty of some young ladies of nobility attending a dance, compares them to heavenly beings, and asks that clouds come to close for a time the celestial pathways that might let them return to the heavens.

Angels On Earth

O ye Winds of Heaven!  
  In the paths among the clouds  
  Blow, and close the ways,  
 That we may these virgin forms  
  Yet a little while detain.

Sōjō Henjo (Sōjō Henjo)

  Kumo no kayoiji  
  Fuki-toji yo  
 Otome no sugata  
  Shibashi todomen.

About this poetry

At Salty Dog Digital we’ve decided to gradually republish Clay MacCauley’s translation of Single Songs of a Hundred Poets – a collection of japanese poetry from the seventh through thirteenth centuries. Sixty four of these poems are the rewards in our game fourtex zen.

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