‘The Ten Ox-Herding Songs’

3. Seeing the Ox: The boy spies the ox, whose head and back are visible. A faithful rendition of the verse, the scene depicts the ox, his head crowned with stately horns; the sun is bright reel, and a nightingale sings.

Verse: A bush warbler sings upon a branch,
warm sun, soft breezes,
green willows on the bank.
Nowhere can the ox escape to hide,
but those majestic horns
are difficult to draw.
—Trans. Gen Sakamoto

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