I Play the Song of What Has Gone

Time has passed
And I am not the same

But in the wandering tune
Of this torn-up palace
I play the song of what has gone

“Sasama” is the name of the palace and literally means “music waves” or “music wandering.”

Original Text

Modern Text


高市黒人 高市黒人 Takechi no Kuroto
古の Inishie no
人尓和礼有哉 人に我れあれや Hito ni Ware areya
樂浪乃 楽浪の Sasanami no
故京乎 古き都を Furuki Miyako wo
見者悲寸 見れば悲しき Mireba kanashiki

Translation Notes

Poem from takechi no kuroto , when he saw the ruined palace.

古の long time had passed already
人に我れあれや I am the man who had lived the past time?  no
楽浪の (But) in sasama
古き都を Old palace
見れば悲しき Become nostalgic to see (old palace)

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