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Shiki koi sanshu uta’awase – Spring

Spring

Left

春のたつ霞の衣うらもなく年を経てこそ花の散りけれ

haru no tatsu
kasumi no koromo
ura mo naku
toshi o hete koso
hana no chirikere
Spring does sew
A robe of haze
Without an underlay,
The year passes by in
A scattering of blossom

1

春の野の雪間をわけていつしかと君がためとぞ若菜摘みつる

haru no no no
yuki ma o wakete
itsushika to
kimi ga tame to zo
wakana tsumitsuru
Across the springtime meadows
Do I forge between the snows,
Eagerly, so eagerly,
For you, my Lord,
Have I gathered fresh herbs!

2

春霞かすみこめたる山里はこほりとくともかげはみえじを

harugasumi
kasumi kometaru
yamazato wa
kōri toku tomo
kage wa mieji o
The haze of spring
Blurs all around
A mountain retreat,
Even were the ice to melt
I could see no sign of it!

3

Right

梅枝にきゐる鶯年毎に花の匂ひをあかぬ声する

ume eda ni
ki’iru uguisu
toshigoto ni
hana no nioi o
akanu koesuru
Upon the plum tree’s branches
Has come to rest the warbler;
Every single year, that
Of the blossoms’ scent
He cannot get his fill he sings.

4

桜色に花さく雨はふりぬとも千しほぞそめてうつろふなそで

sakurabana ni
hana saku ame wa
furinu tomo
chishio zo somete
utsurou na sode
The cherry blossoms
Flower forth, as the rain
Falls on, yet
Dyed a thousand times
Fade not, o, my sleeves!

5

青柳のいとはるばると緑なる行末までも思ひこそやれ

aoyagi no
ito harubaru to
midori naru
yukusue made mo
omoi koso yare
The willow’s
Branches dangle lengthily
So green
Right to the very end
Will I fondly think of you.

6

KKS XIX: 1021

On the day when the following day would mark the beginning of spring, he saw the snow being blown by the wind from the house next door, so he composed this and sent it over.

冬ながら春の隣のちかければなかがきよりぞ花はちりける

Fuyu nagara
Faru no tonari no
tikakereba
nakagaki yori zo
Fana wa tirikeru
‘Tis winter, yet
Spring as a neighbour
Lies so close, so
From the fence between
Blossom has scattered.

Kiyowara no Fukayabu

San’i minamoto no hirotsune uta’awase 4

Distant colours of blossom in full bloom

Left

なつかしきかこそ袖までにほふなれ花の木ずゑは遥かなれども

natsukashiki
ka koso sode made
niou nare
hana no kozue wa
harukanaredomo
That comforting, familiar
Fragrance has reached my very sleeves
And scented them;
Though the blossom-laden treetops
Lie far away…

Minamoto no Masamitsu, Assistant Director of the Bureau of Medicine
7

Right

花ざかりさきそめしよりあかなくによその梢を折りつつぞみる

hanazakari
sakisomeshi yori
akanaku ni
yoso no kozue o
oritsutsu zo miru
Since a profusion of blossom
Began to bloom,
Unable to sate myself,
Distant treetops
Will I ever break off and gaze upon.

Minamoto no Masamitsu, Assistant Director of the Bureau of Medicine
8

Fubokushō II: 380

君にとし思ひかくれば鶯のはなのくしげもをしまざりけり

kimi ni to si
omoFikakureba
uguFisu no
hana no kusige mo
wosimazarikeri
For my Lady did
I fondly think, so
The warbler’s
Comb box of blossom
I do not regret at all…

Ise

It is said that she composed this poem and sent it, together with some budding scarlet plum blossom to the residence of the Kujō Lady of the Bedchamber when Her Highness held a little box match.

San’i minamoto no hirotsune ason uta’awase 11

Round Eleven: The scent of blossom in the fields at dusk

Left

宮木野や尋ねてきつる藤ばかましるくもにほふゆふまぐれかな

miyagino ya
tazunetekitsuru
fujibakama
shiruku mo niou
yū magure kana
To Miyagi Plain
Have come visiting
The asters?
So startling their scent
In the twilight dusk!

Ōe no Masasuke, Student of Law[1]
21

Right

今よりはいそぎもゆかじ入日さす野山の花ぞ匂ひましける

ima yori wa
isogi mo yukaji
irihi sasu
noyama no hana zo
nioimashikeru
More than this moment
There seems no purpose in haste, as
The setting sun shines
The blossom in the mountain meadows
Has a scent sublime.

Lord Tadamoto
22


[1] Ōe no Masasuke 大江盛佐. The identity of this individual remains uncertain, as he does not appear in the genealogy of the Ōe family. There was, however, a Fujiwara no Masasuke 藤原盛佐, who was appointed to the position of Senior Secretary of the Echizen province on the 23rd day of the First Month Kōji 康治 1 [10.2.1142], some forty years after this contest was held. The title used for Masasuke here, Student of Law (myōbōshō 明法生) indicates that he was enrolled in the Law department of the imperial university (daigakuryō 大学寮) at the time, and so would have been a young man. It is possible that for a minor noble it could take decades to gain an appointment to a provincial administration, so it is possible that this is Fujiwara no Masasuke, but this remains speculation. In any case this is his sole poem in a poetry competition.

Dairi uta’awase Kanna Gan-nen 3

Fields
 
Left

いつしかもゆきてはやみむあきのののはなのしたひもとけはてぬらん

itsu shika mo
yukite wa yamimu
aki no no no
hana no shitahimo
tokehatenuran
Swiftly
Shall I halt my travels
In an autumn meadow;
A blossom’s underbelt
Seems completely undone.

Korenari
5

Right (Win)

かりにとやいもはまつらんあきのののはなみるほどはいへぢわすれぬ

kari ni to ya
imo wa matsuran
aki no no no
hana miru hodo wa
ieji wasurenu
Is it but briefly that
My sweetheart should wait?
In an autumn meadow
While gazing at the flowers
The way home I have quite forgot!

Nagayoshi
6

SZS III: 136

Composed on the conception of changing into summer clothes, when a Hundred Poem Sequence was presented to His Majesty, Emperor Horikawa.
夏ごろもはなのたもとにぬぎかへて春のかたみもとまらざりけり

natsugoromo
hana no tamoto ni
nugikaete
haru no katami mo
tomarazarikeri
For summer garb
Blossom-laden sleeves
I remove, and with the change
Those keepsakes of springtime
Fail to linger on.

Former Middle Counsellor Masafusa