They were here, are gone.
And the gone, growing in number.
In this forlorn world,
I wonder how long,
Sighing, I will go on.
Ono no Komachi (834?-?), Heian era, near the end of her days
The Gone, Growing in Number
Original Text and Alternative Translation
Aru wa naku
Naki wa kazusou
Yo no naka ni
Aware izure no
Hi made nagekan
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