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Eikyū hyakushu 377

冬寒み霜はおけども椎柴の常磐の色はあせずもあるかな

fuyu samumi
shimo wa okedomo
shiishiba no
tokiwa no iro wa
asezu mo aru kana
In winter’s chill
The frost falls, yet
The brushwood’s
Evergreen hues
Fade not at all…

Higo, from the Residence of the Kyōgoku Regent
京極関白家肥後

Winter II: 18

Left.

椎柴は冬こそ人に知られけれ言問ふ霰殘す木枯

shiishba wa
fuyu koso hito ni
shirarekere
koto tou arare
nokosu kogarashi
The brushwood,
That ‘tis winter to folk
Does tell;
Hail raising cries from leave
Left by the freezing winds.

Lord Sada’ie.

575

Right (Win).

深山邊を夕越え來れば椎柴の末葉に傳ふ玉霰哉

fukayamabe
yū koekureba
shiishiba no
ureba ni tsutau
tama arare kana
Just on the edge of mountain deeps,
When evening has passed by,
The brushwood’s
Leaf-tips display
Gemstone hail!

The Provisional Master of the Empress’ Household Office.

576

The Right state that the final section of the Left’s poem is ‘fierce’ [arashi]. The Left state that the Right’s ‘gemstone hail’ (tama arare) ‘sounds poor’ [kikiyokarazu].

Shunzei’s judgement: The Gentlemen of the Right have stated that the final section of the Left’s poem is ‘fierce’ – how can they say this? I would say that it appears perfectly pleasant [yoroshiku koso miehabere, ikaga]. However, the Right’s ‘when evening has passed by’ (yū koekureba) and ‘leaf-tips’ (ureba) seem a rather overblown style to me [kotogotoshiki fūtei ni miehaberi]. ‘Gemstone’ (tama), though, in addition to being a word used to praise something, is used in conjunction with ‘hail’, in ‘the echoes are chill as pearls falling one by one from a dragon’s jaw’ . There is nothing to criticise about it. Thus, the Right should win.