Composed on a spring by a pine tree in the Sixth Month, for a folding screen for the Daijō Festivities in the Ninth Year of Kenkyū (1199).
matsui no mizu o
musubu te no
shizuku goto ni zo
chi yo wa miekeru
The waters from the pine-tree spring are
Held in gathered hands-
Every single drop that falls
Shows the passage of a thousand years.
Provisional Middle Councillor [Fujiwara no] Sukezane