‘The Ten Ox-Herding Songs’

4. Catching the Ox: The ox, which has been roaming in the wilderness, is wild and difficult to catch. With the energy of his whole being, the herdboy tries to subdue it. Verse: With all my energy,
I seize the ox.
His will is strong, and his power endless,
and he cannot be tamed easily.
Sometimes he charges
to the high plateau.
And there he stays,
deep in the mist.
—Trans. Gen Sakamoto

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