mitekaeru kokoro akaneba sakurabana sakeru atari ni yado ya karamashi
Seeing you and returning home Leaves my heart unsated, O, cherry blossom! In the place where you do bloom is Where I would borrow lodging…
shinonome ni okite mitsureba sakurabana mada yo o komete chirinikeru kana
At the edge of dawn, When I arise to gaze upon The cherry blossoms Within the night’s span Have they scattered!
The Right’s poem was just as His Majesty said: ‘It expresses affection for the blossom through gazing and gazing upon them.’ When it was suggested to him that the work produced by Lord Sadakata and Lord Noboru conveyed the same overall impression, he took his time to consider the matter, then said, ‘In that case,’ and made the round a tie.