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MYS XIX: 4172

In Kanpyō-Shōhō 2 [750], on the 24th day of the Third Month, it would be near to the beginning of summer in the Fourth Month, so he composed these two poems when, on the evening of the 23rd day,  he suddenly thought of a cuckoo calling at dawn.

霍公鳥来鳴き響めば草取らむ花橘を宿には植ゑずて

pototogisu
kinaki toyomeba
kusa toramu
panatatibana wo
yado ni wa uwezute
When the cuckoo
Arrives, his resounding song
Sends me gathering grasses,
For orange blossom
Has not been planted in my grounds…

Ōtomo no Yakamochi

MYS XIX: 4171

In Kanpyō-Shōhō 2 [750], on the 24th day of the Third Month, it would be near to the beginning of summer in the Fourth Month, so he composed these two poems when, on the evening of the 23rd day,  he suddenly thought of a cuckoo calling at dawn.

常人も起きつつ聞くぞ霍公鳥この暁に来鳴く初声

tunepito mo
okitutu kiku zo
pototogisu
kono akatoki ni
kinaku patugowe
The folk of this world
Remain awake and listen for
The cuckoo
With the dawn today
To arrive and give his first call.

Ōtomo no Yakamochi