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Minbukyō yukihira no uta’awase 2

Left (Win)
おぼつかな音羽の山の時鳥さすがにいはぬ言な頼めそ

obotukana
otoFa no yama no
Fototogisu
sasuga ni iFanu
koto na tanome so
I wonder about
Wingbeats on Otowa Mountain,
The cuckoo:
Truly in unsaid
Words place no trust!

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Right
誰とかは言はかたらふ時鳥まづ我が聞くにいはで渡るは

tare to ka Fa
koto Fa kataraFu
Fototogisu
madu wa ga kiku ni
iFade wataru Fa
To whom is it that
Tales you tell,
O, Cuckoo?
When first I listen,
Wordless, do you fly back and forth…

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Minbukyō yukihira no uta’awase 1

The poetry competition held at the residence of Yukihira, the Minister of Popular Affairs: Left and Right prepared tableau, among other things. The tableau were in the form of rustic dwellings. Poems were composed on these in relation to cuckoo calls.

Left (Tie) – on the form of a mountain dwelling
夏深き山里なれど時鳥声はしげくも聞えざりけり

natu Fukaki
yamazato naredo
Fototogisu
kowe Fa sigekumo
kikoezarikeri
Deep in summer
Lies this mountain hut, yet
The cuckoo
Calls lush and thick, but
I cannot hear them!

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Right – on the form of a country house
荒れにける宿の梢は高けれど山時鳥まれに鳴くかな

arenikeru
yado no kozue wa
takakeredo
yamahototogisu
mare ni naku kana
Gone to ruin is
This house where treetops
Are tall, yet
The mountain cuckoo
Calls there but rarely!

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