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Yōzei-in uta’awase (Engi jūsan-nen kugatsu kokonoka) 18

Left

紅葉ばのながるる河をおしなべてせきぞとどむる秋のをしさに

momijiba no
nagaruru kawa o
oshinabete
seki zo todomuru
aki no oshisa ni
Scarlet leaves
Flow down the river
Everywhere and anywhere,
Halting at the fishing weir,
All the regrets of autumn…

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Right

ちらすなる心のうちまでおのがじしわかるるあきををしみつるかな

chirasu naru
kokoro no uchi made
ono ga jishi
wakaruru aki o
oshimitsuru kana
Made to scatter is
My heart of hearts, until,
Self-centred,
Departing autumn
Fills me with regret!

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Teiji-in uta’awase 19

Left

さくらばなちりぬるかぜのなごりにはみづなきそらになみぞたちける

sakurabana
chirinuru kaze no
nagori ni wa
mizu naki sora ni
nami zo tachikeru
The cherry blossom
Scattering wind as
A keepsake in
The waterless skies
Has roused the waves.

Tsurayuki
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Right

みなそこにはるやくるらんみよしののよしののかはにかはづなくなり

minasoko ni
haru ya kururan
miyoshino no
yoshino no kawa ni
kawazu nakunari
To the water’s depths
Has the spring arrived, it seems, for
In fair Yoshino
From the Yoshino River
The frogs are singing.

Tsurayuki
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The Right won. His Majesty remarked, ‘There is a Royal poem here, so how could it lose?’

Hon’in sadaijin-ke uta’awase 06

Bush clover

Left

しかのこゑたかさごやまのはぎなればをりてこしよりねをやなくらん

shika no koe
takasagoyama no
hagi nareba
oritekoshi yori
ne o ya nakuran
A stag’s cry
On Takasago Mountain, where
Lies bush clover:
Might someone have come and picked her
That he lets out such cries?

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Right

あきはぎの花のながるるかはのせにしがらみかくるしかのねもせぬ

akihagi no
hana no nagaruru
kawa no se ni
shigarami kakuru
shika no ne mo senu
Autumn bush clover
Blooms flow down
The river rapids and
Hang upon the lattice weir, and
The stag cries not at all…

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MYS III: 440

[One of] Four poems composed by the Riverside Courtier on seeing the coffin of a lady in the pine groves of Himeshima in Wadō 4 [712].

妹もわれも清の河の川岸の妹が悔ゆべき心は持たじ

imo mo ware mo
kiyomi no kapa no
kapagisi no
imo ga kuyubeki
kokoro pa matazi
Both my darling and I, too,
On Kiyomi River
Bank:
For my darling’s regretful
Heart, I failed to wait, alas…

Horikawa-in enjo awase 2

The same Major Counsellor, writing vertically upon delicate scarlet paper.

年ふともいはで朽ちぬる埋木の下の心はふりぬ恋かな

toshi futomo
iwade kuchinuru
umoregi no
shita no kokoro wa
furinu koi kana
The years pass by, yet
Without a word, has rotted
The drowned tree—
Beneath it, my heart
Has grown old with love!

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In reply

ふかからぬ水無瀬の川の埋木はしたの恋路は年ふりぬとも

fukakaranu
minase no kawa no
umoregi wa
shita no koiji wa
toshi furinu tomo
There’s no depth to
The River Minase, where
Drowned trees lie—
Beneath, the paths of love
Have grown old in years, and yet…

Chikuzen, Daughter of Prince Yasusuke
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