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Nandai: Life is but melting snow

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Since time began
the dead alone know peace.
Life is but melting snow.

    --Nandai (1786-1817) 南台, Japanese poet. This is the translation of Yoel Hoffman in Japanese Death Poems (1986). Professor Hoffman says that in Japan there is a tradition of writing a poem, jisei 辞世 [farewell to the world] at the moment of death.

I am not sure of the correct transcription of the Japanese. If you have a copy of the original poem, could you let me know? 

kanete naki
mi koso yasukere
yuki no michi

かねてなき
みこそやすけれ
ゆきのみち

 

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