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Death Poem of Uesugi Kenshin

Death Poem of Uesugi Kenshin

Even a life-long prosperity is but one cup of sake;
A life of forty-nine years is passed in a dream;
I know not what life is, nor death.
Year in year out-all but a dream.
Both Heaven and Hell are left behind;
I stand in the moonlit dawn,
Free from clouds of attachment.

Uesugi Kenshin
1530-1578

Source

This poem comes from the Samurai Archives.

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