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Basho's Northern War Hymn - Cricket Crying to Stop Winter detail - Basho's Northern War Hymn - Cricket Crying to Stop WinterBasho's Northern War Hymn - The Emptied Helmet detail - Basho's Northern War Hymn - The Emptied HelmetBasho's Northern War Hymn - Soldier Time Marching Awaydetail - Basho's Northern War Hymn - Soldier Time Marching AwayStudy #1 for Basho's Northern War Hymndetail - Study #1 for Basho's Northern War HelmetStudy #2 for Basho's Northern War Hymndetail - Study #2 for Basho's Northern war Hymn
Basho's Northern War Hymn

MATSUO BASHO

I am awe-struck
To hear a cricket singing
Underneath the dark cavity
Of an old helmet.

(trans. Nobuyuki Yuasa)


How sad
under the old war helmet
a cricket

(trans. David Young)



How piteous!
Beneath the warrior’s helmet
A cricket cries.

(trans. ?)
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