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SZS XIV: 858

Composed as a love poem when a hundred poem sequence was presented to former Emperor Sutoku.

恋をのみ菅田の池に水草ゐてすまでやみなむ名こそ惜しけれ

koFi wo nomi
sugata no ike ni
mikusa wite
sumade yaminamu
na koso woshikere
Our love is simply
Form – Sugata Pond
Fills with waterweed, and
Grows stagnant – such an ending
Leaves only regret…

Ikuhōmon’in no Aki
郁芳門院安芸

This poem is also Kyūan hyakushu 1266.

MYS VII: 1276

池の辺の小槻の下の小竹な刈りそねそれをだに君が形見に見つつ偲はむ

ike no pe no
wotuki no sita no
sino na kari so ne
sore wo dani
kimi ga katami ni
mitutu sinopamu
Beside the pond,
Beneath the young zelkova tree,
Reap not the arrow bamboo!
For that, alone,
Is my keepsake of you, and
I would gaze on it and remember what is gone…

Hitomaro kashū
人麻呂歌集

MYS XVI: 3835

A poem presented to Imperial Prince Niitabe.

勝間田の池は我れ知る蓮なししか言ふ君が鬚なきごとし

katumata no
ike pa ware siru
patisu nasi
sika ipu kimi ga
pige naki gotosi
Katsumata
Pond, I do know well:
It has no lotus;
And you say so, my Lord,
Have no beard, either!

A certain person has told me they had heard the following about this poem: Prince Niitabe had left the precincts of the capital for a pleasure trip and, on seeing Kasumata Pond, was deeply moved. On his return, his interest in the pond did not abate. Then, he said to a lady, ‘If you saw Katsumata Pond, where I went today, words could not describe the sight of the light reflecting brilliantly from the surface of the waters, and special beauty of the lotus flowers, which were in full bloom.’ Then the lady composed this humourous poem and sang it to him.

GSIS VII: 456

When he had first gone to the residence of the former Regent and Rokujō Minister, and people were composing on the conception of long clear pond waters.

今年だに鏡と見ゆる池水の千世経てすまむ影ぞゆかしき

kotosi dani
kagami to miyuru
ikemidu no
tiyo Fete sumamu
kage zo yukasiki
Especially this year
A mirror it does seem:
This pond water –
Clear through the passage of a thousand ages,
How I long for its light!

Fujiwara no Norinaga
藤原範永