Category Archives: Ise Shū

Ise Shū 51

While saying this, the night lightens and the man:

あふことのあはぬ夜ながら明けぬれば我こそかへれ心やはゆく

aFu koto no
aFanu yo nagara
akenureba
ware koso kaFere
kokoro ya Fa yuku
With a meeting
We did not meet tonight, yet
Dawn is breaking;
I may depart, but
Will my heart – are we thus content?

Ise Shū 50

Upon hearing this, as the snow falls:

かへるさの道ゆくべくもおもほえずこほりて雪の降りしまされば

kaFeru sa no
miti yukubeku mo
omoFoezu
koForite yuki no
Furisi masareba
Upon my homeward
Path of setting foot
I cannot think:
For ’tis frozen and snow
Has fallen fine atop it.

Ise Shū 49

In the Twelfth Month, the man comes. As her father hears he is trying to meet her and will not allow it, he leaves, and the woman:

夜こゆとたれか告げけむ逢坂の關かたむめりはやく歸りね

yoru koyu to
tare ka tugekemu
aFusaka no
seki katamumeri
hayaku kaFerine
That you would come tonight
Someone has revealed, it seems, and
Upon the hill of meeting
The barrier is warded well;
Swiftly hie you homeward!

Ise Shū 48

Seeing how he seems to be suffering, she calls him to her curtains, and speaks with him:

ふりとげぬしぐればかりにやまびこの聲をかたみに聞きかはすかな

Furitogenu
sigure bakari ni
yamabiko no
kowe wo katami ni
kikikaFasu kana
The unceasing
Drizzle, alone, brings
The echo of
Our voices, between
Us passing.

Ise Shū 47

The man comes when it is drizzling and says he must approach and talk to her:

綿津海のそこに深くは入れずともしぐれにだにも濡らさざらなむ

watatu umi no
soko no Fukaku Fa
irezu tomo
sigure ni dani mo
nurasazaranamu
Though to the boundless main’s
Deepest depths
I may not enter,
At least within the drizzle
Do not let me be drenched!

Ise Shū 44

Her reply:

たなばたの細き緒をしてくらぶとも心のかたやまづは絶えせん

tanabata no
Fosoki wo wo site
kurabu tomo
kokoro no kata ya
madu Fa taesen
To the Weaver Maid’s
Slender cords
You may compare them, yet
Your heartstrings will be
The first to break, say I!