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Teiji-in uta’awase 03

Left (Win)

きつつのみなくうぐひすのふるさとはちりにしむめのはなにざりける

kitsutsu nomi
naku uguisu no
furusato wa
chirinishi mume no
hana ni zarikeru
Ever coming, simply
To sing—the warbler’s
Ancient home
The scattered plum
Blossoms is not.

Mitsune

5[i]

Right

みちよへてなるてふももはことしよりはなさくはるにあひぞしにける

michiyo hete
naru chō momo wa
kotoshi yori
hana saku haru ni
ai zo shinikeru
Three thousand generations enduring,
They say, are the peaches:
From this year
Blossom blooming spring
Have they encountered.

Korenori

6[ii]

This poem says ‘generation’ when it should be composed about a year—it loses.


[i] This poem is included in Shinchokusenshū (I: 36), attributed to Sakanoue no Korenori, with the headnote, ‘From Former Emperor Uda’s Poetry Contest’.

[ii] A minor variant of this poem, which changes the first phrase to ‘For three thousand years’ (michi tose ni), is included in Shūishū (V: 288), attributed to Mitsune, with the headnote ‘From Former Emperor Uda’s Poetry Contest’.

Sahyōe no suke sadafumi uta’awase 2

The Middle of Spring

Left (Win)

春はなほわれにてしりぬはなざかりこころのどけき人はあらじな

haru wa nao
ware nite shirinu
hanazakari
kokoro nodokeki
hito wa araji na
That spring endures
I know well;
The profusion of blossom means
A peaceful heart has
No one at all…

Tadamine
3

Right

はかなくてはるひとつきはくれにけりはなのさかりはすぎがてにせよ

hakanakute
haru hitotsuki wa
kurenikeri
hana no sakari wa
sugigate ni seyo
The brief
First month of spring
Has reached its eve;
O, to make the blossoms’ profusion
Impossible to pass away!

Mitsune
4

Uda-in uta’awase 10

Orchids

Left

はるきてはきのふばかりをあさみどりなべてけさこくのはなりにけり

haru kite wa
kinō bakari o
asamidori
nabete kesa koku
no wa narikeri
Spring’s coming means, though
Yesterday was simply
Pale green,
Everywhere, this morning deeper-hued
Have the meadows become.

Tsurayuki
19

Right

はるさめにしべゆるぶらし春のくさこくのはなべてさきみちにけり

harusame ni
shibe yuruburashi
haru no kusa
koku no wa nabete
sakimichinikeri
In the springtime rain,
The flowers’ hearts seem loosened, so
With spring plants’ hues
Deepening, the meadows everywhere
Have filled with blossom.

20

Ise-shū 465

Attached to some lilac daphne.

花のいろのこきをみすとてこきたるをおろかに人はおもふらんやぞ

Fana no iro no
koki o misu tote
kokitaru o
oroka ni Fito Fa
omoFuran ya zo
‘The blossom’s hues’
Depth show me!’ you say, and
Deeply—but
O, how foolish, would it be
For me to care for you?

Uda-in uta’awase 7

Kerria

Left

はなをらでわれぞややまふきのはなるつゆをたまにてけたじとおもへば

hana orade
ware zo ya yamau
ki no ha naru
tsuyu o tama nite
ketaji to omoeba
Leave the blossom unplucked, and
As it is, I will, that
From the tree’s leaves
The dewdrop gems
Will not disappear, or so I wish…

Sadafun

13

Right (Win)

いづこともわかずはるさめふりやまふきのはなべてももえにけるかな

izuko to mo
wakazu harusame
furiyamau
ki no ha nabete mo
moenikeru kana
Everywhere
Without exception, springtime showers
Have ceased to fall, so
All the leaves upon the trees
Have budded!

14

MYS III: 328

A poem by Lord Ono no Oyu, Junior Assistant Governor-General of Dazai.

青丹吉 寧樂乃京師者 咲花乃 薫如 今盛有

あをによし奈良の都は咲く花のにほふがごとく今盛りなり

awoni yosi
nara no miyako pa
saku pana no
nipopu ga gotoku
ima masakari nari
Good blue-black clay—
Nara, the capital,
As the flowering blossom
Glows,
Is in full-bloom today.

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 80

Left

ふくみあへず消えなむ雪を冬の日の花と見ればや鳥のとむらん

fukumiaezu
kienamu yuki o
fuyu no hi no
hana to mireba ya
tori no touran
Unable enter in
The vanishing snow
On a winter’s day,
Mistaking it for blossom, is that why
The birds do seek it out?

155

Right

This poem is missing from extant texts of the competition.

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 79

Left

白露ぞ霜となりける冬のよはあまの河さへ水こほりけり

shiratsuyu zo
shimo to narikeru
fuyu no yo wa
ama no kawa sae
mizu kōrikeri
Silver dewdrops
Have turned to frost
On this winter’s night
Even the River of Heaven’s
Waters have frozen.

153

Right

冬の海に降りいる雪やそこにゐて春たつ浪の花とさくらん

fuyu no umi ni
furi’iru yuki ya
soko ni ite
haru tatsu nami no
hana to sakuran
Upon the sea in winter,
Falling down, is the snow:
Does it rest upon the bed and
With the waves breaking in springtime
Bloom into blossom?

154

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 78

Left

月夜には花とぞ見ゆる竹のうへに降りしく雪を誰かはらはむ

tsukiyo ni wa
hana to zo miyuru
take no ue ni
furishiku yuki o
tare ka harawamu
On a moonlit night
As blossom it appears, so
From the bamboo
The fallen, scattered, snow—
Who would sweep it away?

151

Right

しら雪を分けてわかるるかたみには袖に涙のこほるなりけり

shirayuki o
wakete wakaruru
katami ni wa
sode ni namida no
kōru narikeri
That through the snow so white
I pressed on, forging,
A keepsake is
The tears upon my sleeves,
All frozen.

152