tsune wa uzuki no
koe o kikaba ya
|Her heart is
Ever chill; O, for the Fourth Month
To tell me
With a gentle song!
The distant mountain pheasant’s
Even for his mate
A rare thing, indeed!
The Gentlemen of the Right state: the Left’s poem has no faults. The Gentlemen of the Left state: the initial part of the Right’s poem has an antiquated feel.
In judgement: the Left’s ‘cuckoo’ (hototogisu) and the Right’s ‘mountain pheasant’ (yamadori) are of the same level.