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MYS XVI: 3813

A envoy in  a certain book.

我が命は惜しくもあらずさ丹つらふ君によりてぞ長く欲りせし

wa ga inoti wa
wosiku mo arazu
sani turau
kimi ni yorite zo
nagaku porisesi
My life
I do not regret, for
My ruddy-cheeked
Lord’s sake
I wanted it to be long…

Of the above poems, it is said, ‘Once there was a maiden. Her family name was Kurumamochiuji. Her husband went away and many years passed without his return. All that time, the maiden thought fondly of him, suffering, and eventually took to her bed, ill, wasted away day-by-day, and soon was close to death. Then she sent a messenger to her husband, asking him to return. After she did so, with tears streaming down her face, the maiden whispered these poems to herself, and finally died.’

GSIS XI: 657

Composed for the poetry competition held at the residence of the Kokiden Consort in Chōkyū 2 [1141].

戀志なむ命はことの數ならでつれなき人のはてぞゆかしき

koFisinamu
inoti Fa koto no
kazu narade
turenaki Fito no
Fate zo yukasiki
Love
In life is something that
Has no number, but
That cruel one’s
End is what I want!

Eisei

Love IV: 14

Left.
巳に過ぎて午こそ物は悲しけれ戀や未の歩み成らむ

mi ni sugite
muma koso mono wa
kanashikere
koi ya hitsuji no
ayuminaramu
More than I can bear, past the hour of the snake,
The hour of the horse is
All the more sad;
Love is like a sheep’s
Steps to the slaughter…

Kenshō.
807

Right (Win).
命さへ身の終りにや成ぬらん今日暮すべき心地こそせぬ

inochi sae
mi no owari ni ya
narinuran
kyō kurasubeki
kokochi koso senu
Has my very life
At the hour of snake, its end
Reached?
That I should live throughout this day,
Is something I cannot bear…

Lord Takanobu.
808

The Right state: we cannot admire the Left’s poem. The Left state: in the Right’s poem ‘Has my very life at the hour of snake, its end’ (inochi sae mi no owari) sounds as if it is referring to two different matters.

In judgement: the Left’s poem simply says that after the hour of the snake comes the hour of the horse. It is unnecessary to say such things. The final line certainly seems to have nothing to do with anything. As for the fault of the Right’s poem, ‘life’ and ‘self’ have always had different meanings. Its first line, too, sounds elegant. Once more, the Right should win.