Category Archives: Other Anthologies

Mandaishū XIV: 2648

Composed on Love after Parting during the reign of Former Emperor Nijō (1143-1165; r. 1158-1165).

水無瀬川流れてとこそ思ひしかこはいかにしてたえはじめけむ

minasegawa
nagarete to koso
omoishi ka
ko wa ika ni shite
taehajimekemu
The River Minase
Rapidly runs – did
I think that once?
Now what am I to do
That our parting has begun?

Minister of Justice [Fujiwara no] Norikane
刑部卿範兼

Mandaishū XI: 2183

On the conception of Love on a First Meeting.

いまよりも心ながさを頼まなむつらきをだにも恨みやはせし

ima yori mo
kokoro nagasa o
tanomanamu
tsuraki o dani mo
urami ya wa seshi
From now
On your faithfulness
Will I rely!
Or your cruelty –
Will that be what I despise?

Senior Assistant Governor General of Dazai [Fujiwara no] Shige’ie
太宰大弐重家
(1128-1181)