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GYS XV: 2180

On wind, from among His Former Majesty’s Miscellaneous poems.

ひびきくる松のうれより吹きおちて草にこゑやむ山の下風

hibikikuru
matsu no ure yori
fuki’ochite
kusa ni koe yamu
yama no shitakaze
Echoes come
From the pine-branch tips, as
Gusting down and
Losing its voice among the grass
Is the wind from off the mountains

His Former Majesty [Fushimi]

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

Uda-in uta’awase 10

Orchids

Left

はるきてはきのふばかりをあさみどりなべてけさこくのはなりにけり

haru kite wa
kinō bakari o
asamidori
nabete kesa koku
no wa narikeri
Spring’s coming means, though
Yesterday was simply
Pale green,
Everywhere, this morning deeper-hued
Have the meadows become.

Tsurayuki
19

Right

はるさめにしべゆるぶらし春のくさこくのはなべてさきみちにけり

harusame ni
shibe yuruburashi
haru no kusa
koku no wa nabete
sakimichinikeri
In the springtime rain,
The flowers’ hearts seem loosened, so
With spring plants’ hues
Deepening, the meadows everywhere
Have filled with blossom.

20

KKS XVIII: 959

Topic unknown.

木にもあらず草にもあらぬ竹のよのはしにわが身はなりぬべらなり

ki ni mo arazu
kusa ni mo aranu
take no yo no
hasi ni wa ga mi Fa
narinuberanari
’Tis not a tree,
Nor yet a grass, but
On bamboo stalks
Brief as the space between the joints
Does seem to be my fate…

Anonymous

A certain person states that this is a poem by Prince Takatsu.

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 23

をみなへしやまののくさとふりしかどさかゆくときもありけるものを

ominaeshi
yamano no kusa to
furishikado
sakayuku toki mo
arikeru mono o
The maidenflowers
With the mountain meadow grasses
Have grown old, yet
A time to flourish
Did they have once…

45[1]

をみなへしさけるやまべのあきかぜはふくゆふかげをたれかかたらむ

ominaeshi
sakeru yamabe no
akikaze wa
fuku yūkage o
tare ka kataramu
A maidenflower
Blooming in a mountain meadow, with
The autumn wind’s
Evening gusts revealed, but
Who is there to tell the tale?

46


[1] This poem is almost identical to poem 4 in Uda-in ominaeshi uta’awase.

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 20

ときのまもあきのいろをやをみなへしながきあだなにいはれはてなん

toki no ma mo
aki no iro o ya
ominaeshi
nagaki adana ni
iwarehatenan
For such a brief time
In her autumn hues is
A maidenflower, and yet
Ever is she faithless
Said to be…

39

あきのののくさをみなへししらぬみははなのなにこそおどろかれぬれ

aki no no no
kusa o mina heshi
shiranu mi wa
ana no na ni koso
odorokarenure
Through all the autumn meadows’
Grasses have I passed, yet
I know them not, so
When I learned her name
How surprised I was!

40

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 01

In the year after that in which the Teishi Emperor relinquished the throne, he held a maidenflower match, making no instruction as to who should lead the teams of the Left and Right, so His Majesty and Her Majesty, the Empress, fulfilled those roles.

Left

くさがくれあきすぎぬべきをみなへしにほひゆゑにやまづみえぬらむ

kusagakure
aki suginubeki
ominaeshi
nioi yue ni ya
mazu mienuramu
Hidden ‘mongst the grasses
Has she spent the autumn,
This maidenflower—
Is it for her glow that
She is soon discovered?

1[1]

Right

あらがねのつちのしたにてあきへしはけふのうらてをまつをみなへし

aragane no
tsuchi no shita nite
aki heshi wa
kyō no urate o
matsu ominaeshi
As ore
Below the earth
Has she spent the autumn,
For today’s first round
Awaiting—a maidenflower.

2[2]


[1] Shinsen man’yōshū 508

[2] Shinsen man’yōshū 530; Fubokushō 4229.