Fujiwara no Yoshitaka
For thy precious sake,
Once my eager life itself
Was not dear to me.
But 'tis now my heart's desire
It may long, long years endure.
I said to you then,
as we stood beneath
"Now that I have
met you, I will live
Fujiwara no Yoshitaka, an official, was active in the 900s C.E., and died of smallpox at age twenty-one. His poem is therefore lent poignancy by its desire for an eternity in which to enjoy his love.
Hokusai's Old Nurse envisions a scene of timeless tranquility: three men and three women at the end of a long, hot bath. Two diving cormorants in an expanse of still water perhaps provide the entertainment.
Of interest: from Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost:
The endeavor of this present breath may buy
That honour which shall bate his scythe's keen edge
And make us heirs of all eternity.
Risa, in her response poem, remembers a moment of possibly hyperbolic declaration in the early stages of love.