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Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 68

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雪のみぞ枝にふりしき花もはもいにけむ方もみえずも有るかな

yuki nomi zo
eda ni furishiki
hana mo ha mo
inikemu kata mo
miezu mo aru kana
The snow is simply
Fallen, scattered, on the branches;
The blossom and the leaves, too:
Where might they have gone?
I cannot see!

133

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白雪の八重ふりしける帰る山かへるがへるも老いにけるかな

shirayuki no
yae furishikeru
kaeru yama
kaerugaeru mo
oinikeru kana
White snow
Falls eightfold on
Mount Return—
Returning and returning again
Is the age I feel!

Ariwara no Muneyana
134[1]


[1] Kokinshū XVII: 902/Shinsen man’yōshū 169/Kokin rokujō II: 1393

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 62

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篠のはにおく霜よりもひとりぬる我が衣手ぞさえまさりける

sasa no ha ni
oku simo yori mo
hitori nuru
wa ga koromode zo
saemasarikeru
On bamboo grass leaves
Settles frost, but
Sleeping alone,
My sleeves
Are colder still by far.

Tomonori
121[1]

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流れ行く水こほりぬる冬さへや猶うき草の跡はさだめぬ

nagareyuku
mizu kōrinuru
fuyu sae ya
nao ukikusa no
ato wa sadamenu
The flowing
Waters have frozen
With the winter, even
Still the waterweed
Has left no clear trace at all.

122


[1] Kokinshū XII: 563/Shinsen man’yōshū 159/Kokin rokujō I: 668

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 57

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秋のせみさむき声にぞきこゆなる木のはの衣を風やぬぎつる

aki no semi
samuki koe ni zo
kikoyunaru
ko no ha no kinu o
kaze ya nugitsuru
In the autumn, the cicadas’
Chill song
I hear;
Has the trees’ garb of leaves
Been stripped from them by the wind?

112[1]

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あきの夜の月の影こそ木の間よりおちてはきぬとみえわたりけれ

aki no yo no
tsuki no kage koso
ko no ma yori
ochite wa kinu to
miewatarikere
On an autumn night
The moon’s light, truly,
From between the trees
Does come a’falling
Everywhere, it seems.

113


[1] Shinsen man’yōshū 109/Fubokushō XIII: 5422

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 49

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ちらねどもかねてぞをしき紅葉ばは今はかぎりの色とみつれば

chiranedomo
kanete zo oshiki
momijiba wa
ima wa kagiri no
iro to mitsureba
Not fallen yet
Even now is there something to regret
In the scarlet autumn leaves,
For already the utmost of
Their hues do I see, so…

96[1]

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白波に秋の木のはのうかべるはあまのながせる舟かとぞ見る

shiranami ni
aki no ko no ha no
ukaberu o
ama no nagaseru
fune ka to zo miru
Atop the whitecaps
Autumn leaves
Float as
Divers’ drifting
Boats seeming.

97[2]


[1] Kokinshū V: 264/Shinsen man’yōshū 105.

[2] Kokinshū V: 301, attributed to Fujiwara no Okikaze/Kokin rokujō III: 1825, attributed to Kiyowara no Fukayabu.

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 28

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なつの夜の露なとどめそ蓮葉のまことの玉と成りしはてずは

natsu no yo no
tsuyu na todome so
hasu no ha no
makoto no tama to
narishihatezu wa
On a summer night,
Tarry not, o, dewdrops, for
On the lotus leaves
True jewels,
I would not you cease to become…

55

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夏山にこひしき人や入りにけむ声ふりたてて鳴く郭公

natsuyama ni
koishiki hito ya
irinikemu
koe furitatete
naku hototogisu
Into the summer mountains
Has my darling
Gone, I wonder?
Spilling out your song,
O, calling cuckoo!

Ki no Akimine

56[1]


[1] Kokinshū III: 158/Shinsen man’yōshū 71/Kokin rokujō VI: 4447

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 21

Summer Poems                  Twenty Rounds

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蝉のこゑ聞けばかなしな夏衣うすくや人のならむと思へば

semi no koe
kikeba kanashi na
natsu koromo
usuku ya hito no
naramu to omoeba
The cicadas’ cry:
There’s a sadness in the sound;
Summer clothes
Are thin, as her feelings
Will be, I feel.

41[1]

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にほひつつ散りにし花ぞおもほゆる夏はみどりの葉のみしげりて

nioitsutsu
chirinishi hana zo
omohoyuru
natsu wa midori no
ha nomi shigerite
Ever scented,
The scattered blossoms, indeed,
I do recall, for
In summer the green
Leaves, alone, are lush…

42


[1] Kokinshū XIV: 715, attributed to Ki no Tomonori/Shinsen man’yōshū 43/Kokin rokujō VI: 3973

Fubokushō XIII: 5422

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Dowager Empress during the Reign of the Kanpyō Emperor.

秋のせみさむき声にぞきこゆなる木のはの衣を風やぬぎつる

aki no semi
samuki koe ni zo
kikoyunaru
ko no ha no kinu o
kaze ya nugitsuru
In the autumn, the cicadas’
Chill song
I hear;
Has the trees’ garb of leaves
Been stripped from them by the wind?

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