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SKKS I: 13

A spring poem, presented in a hundred poem sequence during the reign of former Emperor Sutoku.

若菜摘む袖とぞ見ゆるかすがのゝとぶひのゝべの雪のむらぎえ

wakana tsumu
sode to zo miyuru
kasugano no
tobu hi no nobe no
yuki no muragie
Plucking fresh herbs,
Sleeves do I seem to see
On the plain at Kasuga,
Where the sun dances in the fields
On the patchy snow…

Former Consultant Norinaga

SKKS I: 10

Composed on the conception of lingering snow, when he presented a hundred poem sequence during the reign of former Emperor Horikawa.

かすがのゝしたもえわたるくさのうへにつれなくみゆる春のあは雪

kasugano no
shitamoewataru
kusa no ue ni
tsurenaku miyuru
haru no awayuki
On the plain at Kasuga
Sprouting freshly everywhere are
Grasses, but atop them
Heartlessly, I see
The foamy snow of spring!

Provisional Middle Councillor Kuninobu

Spring I: 22

Left (Tie).

春日野の野邊の草葉やもえぬらんけさは雪間の淺緑なる

kasugano no
nobe no kusaba ya
moenuran
kesa wa yukima no
asamidori naru
On Kasuga Plain
Has the field grass
Begun to sprout?
This morning, the patches ‘tween the snow
Are palely green…

Lord Ari’ie

43

Right (Tie).

花をのみ待らん人に山里の雪間の草の春を見せばや

hana o nomi
matsuran hito ni
yamazato no
yukima no kusa no
haru o miseba ya
Blossoms, alone,
Awaiting – to those folk,
My mountain retreat,
With grasses growing ‘tween the snow,
In springtime would I show…

Ietaka

44

Neither team has any comments to make about the other’s poem.

Shunzei remarks tha the use of no in the Left’s poem is ‘repetitious’. The Right’s phrasing ‘My mountain retreat,/With grasses growing ‘tween the snow’ (yamazato no yukima no kusa) was ‘certainly unusual’, but the poem was ‘appealing’. However, the Left’s poem is successful in evoking Kasuga Plain, and hence it is ‘difficult to judge it lacking’. Thus, a tie is the fairest result.

Spring 1

In the Second Month of the Fourth Year of Kenpô (1216), I selected and ordered two hundred of my own meagre works. In the Sixth Month of the following year, I took the order apart and rearranged it somewhat. In the Seventh Year of Kenpô, I secretly presented it to His Majesty, and received an Imperial judgement upon it.

Left (Tie)

春日野にさくや梅が枝雪まより今は春べと若菜つみつゝ

kasugano ni
saku ya ume ga e
yukima yori
ima wa harube to
wakana tsumitsutsu
On Kasuga field,
O, branches of blooming plum blossom!
From the spaces in the snow,
‘Now Spring is come!’
Do we pluck fresh greens.

1

Right

消なくに又やみ山をうづむらん若菜つむ野も淡雪ぞ降

kienakuni
mata ya miyama o
uzumuran
wakana tsumu no mo
awayuki zo furu
Has it not gone, and yet
The mountains’ depths
Does bury?
Upon the fresh-green picking fields
A spume of snow falls on…

2

SKKS XIX: 1898

In the conception of the gods, when composing in a hundred poem sequence at the house of the Lay Priest and Former Regent and Grand Minister.

かすが野のをどろのみちのむもれ水すゑだに神のしるしあらはせ

kasuga no no
odoro no michi no
mumore mizu
sue dani kami no
shirushi arawase
Lost under Kasuga Fields’
Overgrown trails are
Hidden waters–as am I, yet
To my posterity at least may the Gods
Give blessing.

Master of the Dowager Empress’ Household Office Toshinari
藤原俊成