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Yōzei-in uta’awase (Engi jūsan-nen kugatsu kokonoka) 21

Left

いまはとてすぎゆく秋のかたみにはかぜのおくれにもみぢをやみん

ima wa tote
sugiyuku aki no
katami ni wa
kaze no okure ni
momiji o ya min
Might now be when
Departing autumn’s
Keepsake is
Presented on the breeze:
A glimpse of scarlet leaves?

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Right

あきながらとしはくれなん紅葉ばをぬさとちらせる山のみねより

aki nagara
toshi wa kurenan
momijiba o
nusa to chiraseru
yama no mine yori
It’s autumn, so
The year has reached its dusk;
Scarlet leaves for
A garland are made to scatter
From the mountain peaks…

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Yōzei-in uta’awase (Engi jūsan-nen kugatsu kokonoka) 20

Left

みにそへてもたらぬ秋ををしむとてくれん事こそわびしかりけれ

mi ni soete
motaranu aki o
oshimu tote
kuren koto koso
wabishikarikere
It mounts up,
Unreliable, autumn
Fills me with regret, and
That it fades into dusk, indeed,
Is truly sad.

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Right

もみぢつつしぐれふりいでてゆく秋をみねの朝霧たちもとめなん

momijitsutsu
shigure furi’idete
yuku aki o
mine no asagiri
tachi mo tomenan
Ever marked with autumn hues
The showers fall on
Autumn as it goes;
The morning mist around the peak
Arises, then lingers on.

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Yōzei-in uta’awase (Engi jūsan-nen kugatsu kokonoka) 17

Left

くれぬべきあきををしめばをぐら山みねのもみぢもいろづきにけり

kurenubeki
aki o oshimeba
ogurayama
mine no momiji mo
irozukinikeri
Pass into dusk must
Autumn, so I regret when
On Ogura Mountain
The scarlet leaves on the peak
Have taken on deeper hues!

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Right

をしめども秋はとまらず女郎花野べにおくれてかれぬばかりを

oshimedomo
aki wa tomarazu
ominaeshi
nobe ni okurete
karenu bakari o
I regret it, yet
Autumn will not linger;
O, maidenflower,
Within the meadows tarry and
Simply do not wither away…

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Teiji-in uta’awase 07

Left (Win)

さくらちるこのしたかぜはさむからでそらにしられぬゆきぞふりける

sakura chiru
ko no shitakaze wa
samukarade
sora ni shirarenu
yuki zo furikeru
The cherry scattering
Breeze beneath the trees
Lacks chill—
Unaware from within the skies
The snow is falling.

Tsurayuki

13[i]

Right

わがこころはるのやまべにあくがれてながながしひをけふもくらしつ

wa ga kokoro
haru no yamabe ni
akugarete
naganagashi hi o
kyō mo kurashitsu
My heart to
The mountainside in springtime
Is drawn—
The long, long day
Today, too, has reached its dusk.

Mitsune

14[ii]

The Left wins. ‘The Right has “long, long” which is a disagreeable word. It was hissed through pursed lips with drooping shoulders,’ and so it lost.


[i] This poem is included in Shūishū (I: 64), with the headnote, ‘From Former Emperor Uda’s Poetry Contest’.

[ii] This poem is included in Shinkokinshū (I: 81), attributed to Tsurayuki with the headnote ‘A poem from Former Emperor Uda’s Poetry Contest’.