The Tale of Genji (by Murasaki Shikibu)

Murasaki Shikibu (c. 11th century)

“When the clouds to me seem always to be the smoke that rose from her pyre,
how fondly I rest my eyes on the evening sky.”

  • From The Tale of Genji (chapter 4) by Murasaki Shikibu, translated by Royall Tyler (Penguin Classics edition, 2003). The background photo is licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 (CC 3.0).

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