The Waning of Bushido

Having received a command from his lord, a knight should, even at this very moment, take up his lance, mount his horse, and rush into hell or high water. Desiring food and drink or fine company, yielding to sickness, falling into idleness, or failing in willpower is the waning of bushido.
The Third Year of Ansei, After August. “The Complete Book of Teachings for Warriors.”

11日武士道が闕くる
武士たる者は只今にても君命あらんには、槍を提げ馬に打乗り、水火に駆け込むべき身分なれば、飲食男女の欲を縦にし、疾病を生じ、懶惰に陥り、気根を弱くしては、武士道が闕くるなり。
安政三年八月以降「武教全書講録」

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