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Stillness of evening: Murasaki
is sitting chin in hand
at the writing desk, set up
for her on a balcony of
the temple retreat; above her
a lantern glows, suspended
from an unseen roof-timber
over the railing; and blocked
in part by the lantern, shines
the full moon: a line-up
of three lights -- Murasaki
being the greatest of these -- while
everywhere both visible and hidden burns
the fourth light Yoshitoshi.