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SKKS V: 507

On the conception of chrysanthemums under the moon by a lattice fence, when she presented a hundred poem sequence.

霜をまつまがきの菊のよひの間におきまよふ色は山のはの月

shimo o matsu
magaki no kiku no
yoi no ma ni
okimayou iro wa
yama no ha no tsuki
Awaiting the frost
By my lattice fence, the chrysanthemums
In the midst of night
Are draped in puzzling hues
By the moon from off the mountains’ edge.

Kunaikyō

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

Tsurayuki-shū 321

On an old woman wiping her face with chrysanthemum dew on the ninth day of the Ninth Month.

けふまでに我をおもへば菊の上の露は千年の玉にざりける

kyō made ni
ware o omoeba
kiku no ue no
tsuyu wa chitose no
tama nizarikeru
Up until this day
Have you thought of me, so
Upon the chrysanthemums
These dewdrops, thousand year
Jewels do not seem to be.

Ki no Tsurayuki

Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 35

もみぢばのながるるあきはかはごとににしきあらふとひとはみるらん[1]

momijiba no
nagaruru aki wa
kawa goto ni
nishiki arau to
hito wa miruramu
The scarlet leaves
Flow and in autumn
By every river
Washing their brocade
Folk can be seen!

ひしくればよるもめかれじきくのはなあきすぎぬればあふべきものか

hi shi kureba
yoru mo mekareji
kiku no hana
aki suginureba
aubeki mono ka
When the day is here,
At night you do escape my sight,
O, chrysanthemums;
When autumn has passed by,
I wonder shall we meet again?

70


[1] This poem is included in Gosenshū (VII: 415).

Kanpyō no ōntoki kiku awase 17

Composed on someone passing through chrysanthemums to reach a sage’s dwelling.
濡れて干す山路の菊の露のまにいつか千歳を我は経にけむ

nurete Fosu
yamazi no kiku no
tuyu no ma ni
ituka titose wo
ware Fa Fenikemu
Drenched, then drying
On this mountain path with chrysanthemum
Dewdrops—in that little space
Has, somehow, a thousand years
Passed me by?

Sosei
17

This poems was included in Kokinshū (V: 273), where it has a somewhat different headnote.

Kanpyō no ōntoki kiku awase 11

The Gentlemen of the Right. These, too, had the sons of the Courtiers Fujiwara no Shigetoki and Hirokage, the Governor of Awa, construct an extremely large suhama upon which all the chrysanthemums were grown together; because the area was cramped when they brought it in, they made preparation to bring it in all at once, attaching wheels to sections, thinking to do it in one, but were startled by the Gentlemen of the Left bringing in their blooms one by one – when all were brought in and assembled together, they made a single charming spectacle, yet though assembled, they were separated and thus seemed incomplete. The initial poem became mixed in with all the others.

山深く入りにし身をぞいたづらに菊の匂ひに憩へ来にける

yama Fukaku
irinisi mi wo zo
itadura ni
kiku no nioFi ni
ikoFekinikeru
Deep within the mountains
Have I entered in;
Idly has
The chrysanthemums’ scent
Brought me to my ease.

11

Eikyū hyakushu 251

The Ninth Day of the Ninth Month

をるきくの露にぬれたるけふよりやちとせの秋にあはむとすらん

oru kiku no
tsuyu ni nuretaru
kyō yori ya
chitose no aki ni
awamu to suran
Picked chrysanthemums’
Dew dampens us
Today – will we
For a thousand years of autumns
Decide to meet together?

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