Love II: 8

Left (Win).

行末はあひ見て後や知らるべき今日はその日と契るばかりぞ

yukusue wa
aimite nochi ya
shirarubeki
kyō wa sono hi to
chigiru bakari zo
What will become of us?
Upon our meeting
Will we know it?
Today is that day and
Our only promise!

Lord Kanemune.

675

Right.

待てと言ひしその言の葉にかゝりつゝ露の命も消ぬとを知れ

mate to iishi
sono koto no ha ni
kakaritsutsu
tsuyu no inochi mo
kienu to wo shire
‘Just wait!’ you said, and
To those words
I am clinging, but
A dewdrop life
Can vanish – you should know!

The Provisional Master of the Empress’ Household Office.

676

The Right have nothing particular to say about the Left’s poem. The Left simply say that the Right’s poem contains sentiments heard many times before [tsune ni kikinaretaru yoshi].

Shunzei’s judgement: The Left’s poem is nothing remarkable, but I feel it is a little gentler [ima sukoshi otonashikuhaberu]. I must make it the winner.

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