SKKS XVI: 1455

Composed at the Imperial Bodyguards’ Headquarters, when the gentlemen of the court went blossom viewing at the palace, after the new year had been here for some time.

春をへてみゆきになるゝ花のかげふりゆく身をもあはれとや思

haru o hete
miyuki ni naruru
hana no kage
furiyuku mi o mo
aware to ya omou
Spring passes and
The royal visit’s here – a blizzard
Of blossom shading,
Falling – and me ageing –
Do you think of me kindly?

Fujiwara no Sada’ie
藤原定家

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