morning song

The morning song is full,
lucid, serene;
it mirrors the emotion of
the world awakening;
it rises from the earth to the heavens
thanking God for the sunrise,
and the revelation of the countryside
when dawn has scarcely stripped its flowers over our heads,
and the brightness, having grown stronger little by little,
offers us the first fruits of morning,
still wet with dew.
On hearing the morning song,
there flutters suddenly within me
the love of this terrestrial realm,
giving new life to hopes and renewing the face of things…

Augusto Frederico Schmidt

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on the road to Nara

The spring has come!
Over nameless mountains
The morning mist.

Matsuo Bashō

left

In morning sunlight,
Glowing along the mountains,
The cherry blossoms
I thought they might be snow that
Had stubbornly refused to melt.

Fujiwara  Ariie

gems

From the very morning
When a fresh year comes again,
New as rough-cut gems,
Most of all I eagerly await
The warbler’s first notes of song.

Priest Sosei