Category Archives: Imperial Anthologies

GSS IV: 209

When Prince Katsura had said ‘Catch some fireflies,’ and one of the boys had them wrapped up in the sleeves of his jacket.

つつめどもかくれぬ物は夏虫の身よりあまれる思ひなりけり

tutumedomo
kakurenu mono Fa
natumusi no
mi yori amareru
omoFinarikeri
Wrapped up, yet
Unconcealable are
The summer insects:
Their bodies bringing an excess
Of passion’s fires.

Anonymous

KKS XIX: 1004

An ancient-styled poem to supplement a long poem.

君が世に相坂山の岩清水木隠れたりと思ける哉

kimi ga yo ni
aFusakayama no
iFasimidu
kogakuretari to
omoFikeru kana
Your Majesty’s reign
Is welcome so, as on the mount of Meeting Hill,
Spring water from the crags
Is hidden in the trees, thus
I am I sunk in thought!

Mibu no Tadamine