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SKKS IX: 857

Composed to accompany a letter sent to someone who had gone down to Michinoku province.

たまぼこのみちの山風さむからばかたみがてらにきなんとぞおもふ

tamaboko no
michi no yama kaze
samukaraba
katamigatera ni
ki nan to zo omou
A jewelled spear,
The road where mountain winds
Blow chill, if so
These keepsake robes
I would that you would wear.

Ki no Tsurayuki
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SKKS VII: 711

Composed for the picture of picking new herbs on a folding screen for the celebrations of the sixtieth birthday of Emperor Uda.

わかなおふるのべといふのべを君がためよろづよしめてつまんとぞ思

wakana ôru
nobe to iu nobe o
kimi ga tame
yorozu yo shimete
tsuman to zo omou
New herbs grow
Within the fields-called so
For my Lord’s sake
Across ten thousand years
We will pick them, I feel.

Tsurayuki
貫之