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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
Japan: Amakagu, the Mountain
From the Japanese
Anonymous translation

PIERCING the lofty sky,
Yonder Amakagu soars;
From whose brow the mists are lifting,
In the fulness of the spring;
Rustling mid the pines the wind        5
Ruffles yonder pool’s smooth bosom,
And of every grove and thicket
Are the dark-massed shadows flecked
By the mountain-cherry’s bloom;
While along the strand are heard        10
Shrilly cries of circling gulls,
Mingling with the whirring din
Of a flight of early wild-duck;
And there cometh o’er the waters,
In a rudderless frail bark,        15
Onwards drifting oarless urged,
In uncheered solitude,
Our Emperor’s mighty heir.

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