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Minbukyō yukihira no uta’awase 9

Left
明けぬ間に箱根の山の時鳥二声とだに鳴き渡るらむ

akenu ma ni
Fakone no yama no
Fototogisu
Futakowe to dani
nakiwataruramu
Before the dawn no
Hakone Mountain
Cuckoos’
Twin calls simply
Seem to sing back and forth

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Right (Win)
深山出でていづこも旅ぞ時鳥ここにを結べ草の枕は

miyama idete
iduko mo tabi zo
Fototogisu
koko ni wo musube
kusa no makura wa
Emerging from the mountains’ depths
Where does your journey take you,
O, cuckoo?
Here will I twine strands
Of grass for my pillow…

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GSIS III: 189

Composed at the poetry competition held at the residence of imperial princess Sukeko (Yūshi) on 5th day of the Sixth Month Eishō 5 (1051).

夜だにあけば尋ねてきかむ郭公信太の杜の方になくなり

yo dani akeba
tadunete kitamu
Fototogisu
sinoda no mori no
kata ni nakunari
With the simple break of dawn
Do they come to call:
The cuckoos
In Shinoda’s sacred grove
Do sing.

Nōin