Those Who Wish for Fame

Once upon a time it was said: Rural folk should polish their deeds. If those who wish for fame don’t follow high-minded knights, how could their abilities possibly be renowned by posterity?
The Fourth Year of Kouka, The New Moon of February. “Letter given to Shimizu Sekijou.”

27日行を砥き名を立てんと欲する者は
古(に)曰く「閭巷の人、行を砥き名を立てんと欲する者は、青雲の士に附するに非ずんば、悪んぞ能く後世に施さんや」と。
弘化四年二月朔日「清水赤城に与ふる書」

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