Spring III: 1

Left (Tie).

鶯の百囀りを幾かへりながき春日に鳴きくらすらん

uguisu no
momo saezuri o
iku kaeri
nagaki haru hi ni
nakikurasuran
The warblers’
Multitude of twitters
Goes round, and round again;
The long, late days of spring,
Do they spend in song?

Kenshō.

121

Right (Tie).

雲の上に鶴の諸聲をとづれてあはれのどけき春のけふ哉

kumo no ue ni
tsuru no morogoe
otozurete
aware nodokeki
haru no kyō kana
By the clound borne palace
The choir of cranes
Gives song;
O, how peaceful is
Today, in springtime!

Nobusada.

122

Neither team can find any particular fault with the other’s poem this round.

Shunzei says, ‘Both poems are on “lengthening days”, and both – the Left’s “warblers’ multitude of twitters” (uguisu no momo saezuri) and the Right’s “choir of cranes” (tsuru no morogoe) – have a tranquil air and sound excellent. Again, I must make them a tie.’

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