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Tue, 27 Mar 2012
Three dear little maidens and what they saw in the Moon, xxx

Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere

Three Japanese girlsm


WHAT THEY SAW IN THE MOON

Three dear little maidens, one midsummer night,

Were watching a moon that was round as a shield ;

And they told me, in turns, what the circle of light

To each, as a wonderful vision, revealed.


"I see," said O Yuki, " a something that grows

Into outline and shadow ; - and now I can see

Two big staring eyes, and a mouth and a nose,

Why, the whole moon is looking and laughing at me ! "


Yuki saw the Man in
the Moon

"I see," said another, "a wavering road ;

Upon it is trudging an old faggot man ;

His back is all crooked and bent with his load ;

I wish I could help him ! " said Sweet Noshi-San.

Old Man with heavy load


"A rabbit I see !" cried the littlest girl,

" With ears like the wind where the white snow is driven ;

He brays in a mortar, with pestle and pearl,

The shining gold grains from the rice fields of heaven. "

The Rabbit in the Moon


Now none saw the same, yet all saw a right,

And this is the lesson the wise mon taught ;

Whatever one sees in a mirror of light

Is only the shadow of one's own thought.


Japenese Bridge with Moon
ArchSo, Yuki, smile on, while the moon's laughing low.

O tender heart ! ach for the old man's pain !

But ah ! with the littlest girl I will go

And pluck for the rabbit his starry grain.


The wonderful verse was written by Mary Fenollosa, and it came from "Blossoms from a Japanese Garden. "

C. 1913,  I believe.     Thankyou Mary x.



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