MYS XI: 2592

恋死なむ後は何せむ我が命生ける日にこそ見まく欲りすれ

kopisinamu
noti pa nani semu
wa ga inoti
ikeru pi ni koso
mimakuporisure
When I have died of love
What will you do then?
While my life’s
Living days remain
I wish that we would meet!

2 thoughts on “MYS XI: 2592”

  1. Dear sirs,
    I am searching a poem part of a ukiyso-e print of Kunisada Utagawa “Nana Komachi no uchi” “Sōshi array Komachi” and starting by “Mahana ni….;” which was part of the “Man’yōshū”. Any cue? Can you help me to find it and also his translation in English.
    Many many thanks

    1. The poem on Kunisada’s print Sōshi arai Komachi (‘Komachi washing the book’) is:
      まかなくに何をたねとてうき草の浪のうねうねおひしげるらむ
      makanaku ni
      nani o tane tote
      ukikusa no
      nami no uneune
      oishigeruramu

      ‘While it is unrolled,
      I wonder what from this seed might spring;
      Duckweed in
      The wandering waves
      Must grow in profusion!’
      I believe you are mistaken about this being in Man’yōshū, though.
      Hope that helps!

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