28072Noh - a collection, 3
- Dec 24, 2011From the Noh performance ' Tomoe'. This performance has two acts. The first part deals with a traveling priest who is traveling during winter (the first month of the year) in the Province of Omi. In the first act he meets a country girl who is weeping before a shrine..
In the second act the priest deals with a the spirit of Tomoe. Behold the ghost of a woman scorned:
Start of Act 2------
My pillow is the dewy grass.
The sun has set and it is dusk
And on Awazu's dreary shore
I pray for his enlightenment.
The falling flowers confess the vanity of things,
The water flows indifferent to our fate,
Yet is a symbol of the lucid mind.
Misdeed and retribution are the fruit
Oh Karma-action in a former life,
But by the wondrous power of the law
Shall trees an grass, and even the earth itself
Transform themselves at last into the Buddha-mind.
Much more then shall we men for whom are said
These efficacious texts of mighty power,
Sit soon upon the Lotus terraces.
What's this I see? The woman who just now
Spoke with me, but arrayed in warrior's mail.
Awazu is an eerie place to sleep,
Haunted it seems by some uneasy ghost.
I am Tomoe the woman-warrior,
But since I am a woman I am not allowed
To die here with my lord,
And so my smoldering anger keeps me here...
Source: Japanese Plays 'Classic Noh, Kyogen, and Kabuki' by A.L. Sadler