The priest Rensho has traveled to the site of the battle in which he
Then it is well: to guide and comfort him,
then it is well: to guide and comfort him,
I shall do holy rites, and through the night
call aloud the Name for Atsumori,
praying that he reach enlightenment,
praying that he reach enlightenment.
To issei music, Atsumori enters, in the costume of a warrior. He stops in the shite spot .
Across to Awaji the plovers fly,
while the Suma barrier guard sleeps on;
yet one, I see, keeps night-long vigil here.
O keeper of the pass, tell me your name.
Behold, Rensho: I am Atsumori.
Strange! As I chant aloud the Name,
beating out the rhythm on this gong,
and wakeful as ever in broad day,
I see Atsumori come before me.
The sight can only be a dream.
Why need you take it for a dream?
For I have come so far to be with
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