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SIS XI: 622

From the Poetry Match held during the reign of the Tenryaku Emperor.

しのぶれど色にいでにけりわが恋は物や思ふと人のとふまで

sinoburedo
iro ni idenikeri
wa ga koFi Fa
mono ya omoFu to
Fito no toFu made
I kept it secret, yet
Passion will reveal itself!
So of my love,
‘What is it troubles you so?’
Do folk enquire…

Taira no Kanemori

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

GSS III: 102

Prince Motoyoshi lived with the daughter of Lord Kanemori, but she was summoned by the Cloistered Emperor and, while she was in service to him, he was unable to meet her, so at the beginning of the year in springtime, he took a branch of cherry blossom, and left it thrust through the doorway of her chamber.

花のいろはむかしながらにみし人の心のみこそうつろひにけれ

Fana no iro Fa
mukasi nagara ni
misi Fito no
kokoro nomi koso
uturoFinikere
The hues of this blossom are
Just as long ago, when
She I saw them with has
Her heart, indeed,
Moved elsewhere!

Prince Motoyoshi

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

SKKS XII: 1087

On the conception of hidden love, when he held a poetry match in one hundred rounds at his house, while he was Major Captain of the Left.

もらすなよ雲ゐるみねのはつしぐれ木葉は下にいろかはるとも

morasu na yo
kumo’iru mine no
hatsushigure
ko no ha wa shita ni
iro kawaru tomo
O, don’t drip down,
Peak-clinging clouds
First shower!
For under you the trees’ leaves
Will yet change their hues…[i]

The Regent and Grand Minister

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

[i] An allusive variation on KKS V: 260.

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 23

Left (Tie)

むらさきにあふみづなれやかきつばたそこのいろさへかはらざるらむ

murasaki ni
au mizu nare ya
kakitsubata
soko no iro sae
kawararuramu
Violet
Suits the water here!
Irises
The hues beneath
Seem to have changed.

Mitsune
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Right

ほととぎすこゑのみするはふくかぜのおとはのやまになけばなりけり

hototogisu
koe nomi suru wa
fuku kaze no
otowa no yama ni
nakeba narikeri
A cuckoo’s
Call alone upon
The gusting wind;
Wingbeats sound on
Otowa Mountain
Where he does sing.

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Teiji-in uta’awase 16

Left (Tie)

はるふかきいろこそなけれやまぶきのはなにこころをまづぞそめつる

haru fukaki
iro koso nakere
yamabuki no
hana ni kokoro o
mazu zo sometsuru
In the depths of spring,
Their hues, indeed, are lacking:
The kerria
Blooms have my heart
Dyed first!

Mitsune
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Right

かぜふけばおもほゆるかなすみのえのきしのふぢなみいまやさくらむ

kaze fukeba
omohoyuru kana
suminoe no
kishi no fujinami
ima ya sakuramu
When the wind blows—that
Is when I wonder if at
Suminoe’s
Shore the wisteria waves
Are blooming now?

Prince Kaneyuki
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