KKS III: 138

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五月こばなきもふりなん郭公まだしきほどのこゑをきかばや

satuki koba
naki mo Furinan
Fototogisu
madasiki Fodo no
kowe wo kikaba ya
If the Fifth month comes,
Even your song will pall,
Cuckoo.
But while it’s fresh
Could I hear your voice?

Lady Ise
伊勢

2 thoughts on “KKS III: 138”

  1. Japanese text does not match romanization. Correct poem should be
    五月こばなきもふりなむ郭公
    まだしきほどのこゑをきかばや
    The romanization is also missing a syllable in the last line (kikaba, not kiba).
    Lovely poem.

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