Haru no no ni
Now it is spring –
And across the moors the haze
Stretches heavily –
Kono yūkage ni
And within these rays at sunset,
Uguisu naku mo.
A warbler fills the radiant mist with song.
Man’yōshū, XIX: 4290 by Ōtomo Yakamochi (718-785), from Japanese Court Poetry