|Text(Edward G. Seidensticker; The Tale of Genji）|
One quiet evening after a rainfall, when the green of the maples and oaks was clean and rich, he looked up into a singularly affecting twilight sky and intoned a phrase from Po Chu-i: "It is gentle, it is fresh."
<The Oak Tree> p654-36
Their branches intertwined, an oak † and a maple seemed younger than the rest.
"How reassuring. What bonds from other lives do you suppose have brought them together?" Quietly, he came nearer the blinds.
<The Oak Tree> p655-10
"There may not be a god protecting the oak.
Think not, even so, its branches of easy access.
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