Love I: 18



morokoshi no
mizu shiranu yo no
hito bakari
na ni nomi kikite
yamine to ya omou
Distant Cathay:
Unseen and unknown once was to
Folk – every one;
With the report of your name, alone,
Will our love be over?

Lord Sada’ie.




ika ni shite
tsuyu o ba sode ni
mada minu sato no
hagi no uwakaze
What am I to do?
Dewfall to my sleeves
Has come, brought from
A dwelling, yet unseen,
By breeze upon the bush-clover…



The Right state that the Left’s use of ‘every one’ (bakari) connects poorly with the subsequent section [kakeawazu]. The Left state that the while the style of the Right’s poem seems elegant [sono tei yū ni niru to iedomo], ‘A dwelling, yet unseen bush-clover’ (mada minu sato no hagi) is hard to hear [kikigataku].

Shunzei’s judgement: ‘Distant Cathay unseen and unknown once’ (morokoshi no mizu shiranu yo) must be referring to the Three Histories and Eight Dynasties. This seems to be meaningful, but does not really indicate anything profound. As for ‘a dwelling, yet unseen bush-clover’, whichever way you look at it, it is modified by ‘dewfall has come’ (tsuyu o sasouran). However, the Left also has the recollection of Cathay, so the two poems are comparable.

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