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SKKS XI: 1004

Seeing the handmaid who had served the daughter of Major Captain of the Left Asateru, one of the Gosechi Dancers, he sent this to her:


ama tsu sora
toyo no akari ni
mishi hito no
nao omokage no
shiite koishiki
Among Heaven’s skies
At the dawn of fertility
Did I see a lady?
Still is her face
Dear to me beyond bearing.

Former Major Councillor Kintō (966-1041)


At a time when the world was particularly fleeting, and many people had died, Middle Captain [Minamoto no] Nobukata (?-998) passed away and, at around the Tenth Month, on going to his house in Shirakawa, he saw a single autumn leaf remaining.


kyô kozu wa
mide ya yamamashi
yamazato no
momiji mo hito mo
tsune naranu yo ni
Had I not come today,
I wonder, unseen, would it have reached its end?
A mountain dwelling’s
Scarlet leaf and a man, for both
This is a fleeting world.

Former Major Councillor Kintō (966-1041)

SZS VII: 477

When [Fujiwara no] Arikuni became Senior Assistant Governor General [of Dazaifu] and went down, Kintō composed:


wakare yori
masarite wosiki
inoti kana
kimi ni Futa tabi
aFamu to omoFeba
More than parting-
Far more do I regret
My life;
Once more with you
Might I meet, I wonder.

Former Major Councillor [Fujiwara no] Kintō


Composed for the Seventh Night [festivities] on the birth of Retired Emperor Go-Suzaku (1009-1045; r. 1035-1045).


koromo no sode Fa
sebaku tomo
koFu no uFe wo ba
nade tukusiten
An infant’s
Garb has sleeves
So narrow, yet
An eternal stone
With them could you rub away.

Fujiwara no Kintō

SIS XVII: 1093

When the Monk Shakushō (d. 1034) went over to China, boarding a ship on the Seventh Day of the Seventh Month, Kintō sent him this poem:


ama no kaFa
noti no keFu dani
Farukeki wo
itu to mo siranu
Funade kanasi na
The great River of Heaven
Divides them ’til this day next year,
Far distant;
But we-I know not when-so
This sailing brings grief, indeed.

Assistant Commander of the Bodyguards of the Right [Fujiwara no] Kintō (996-1041)