MYS XX: 4433

[One of] three poems composed at a banquet on the 3rd day of the Third Month, with an imperial envoy sent to inspect the border guards and messengers from the Ministry of War in attendance.

朝な朝な上がる雲雀になりてしか都に行きて早帰り来む

asana asana
agaru pibari ni
naritesika
miyako ni yukite
paya kaperikon
Every single morning
Soars the skylark –
If only I were she, then
To the capital I’d go, and
Swiftly return home!

Abe no Samimaro
安倍沙美麻呂

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