Osaka in Reconstruction (1948)
Men pass; and cities pass; and yet the years
Some cities I have known both great and old
Old Osaka, among these you are one,
Well he described the Castle, sketched the town,
And Osaka has more than most sustained
Whence, if John Saris comes again to tell
John Saris, merchant and sea-captain, saw Osaka in 1613.
‘Osaka in Reconstruction’ appeared in Two Lectures on English Literature (BD55). For notes about Blunden’s relation with Japan see Edmund Blunden and Japan in the Bibliography, and for a note about Blunden titles in print see A ‘First Impression’: Tokyo.