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Yōzei-in uta’awase (Engi jūsan-nen kugatsu kokonoka) 17

Left

くれぬべきあきををしめばをぐら山みねのもみぢもいろづきにけり

kurenubeki
aki o oshimeba
ogurayama
mine no momiji mo
irozukinikeri
Pass into dusk must
Autumn, so I regret when
On Ogura Mountain
The scarlet leaves on the peak
Have taken on deeper hues!

33

Right

をしめども秋はとまらず女郎花野べにおくれてかれぬばかりを

oshimedomo
aki wa tomarazu
ominaeshi
nobe ni okurete
karenu bakari o
I regret it, yet
Autumn will not linger;
O, maidenflower,
Within the meadows tarry and
Simply do not wither away…

34

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

Uda-in uta’awase 2

Spring Blossom

Left (Tie)

としかはるのはなほことになりぬらししかのこまだらにゆきもけにけり

toshi kawaru
no wa na
ho koto ni
narinurashi
shika no ko madara ni
yuki mo kenikeri
With the changing of the year,
The meadows, particularly, more different
Seem to do be—
Dappled as a fawn,
The snow, too, vanishes away.

Tsurayuki
3

Right

しらゆきのきえてみどりにかはるのはながれていろのうつらざらなむ

shirayuki no
kiete midori ni
kawaru no wa
na
garete iro no
utsurazaranamu
The snow, so white,
Vanishes and to green shoots
Do change the meadows, with
Flowing meltwater—O, that hue
I would not have fade away!

Tadamine
4

MYS V: 839

波流能努尓 紀理多知和多利 布流由岐得 比得能美流麻提 烏梅能波奈知流

春の野に霧立ちわたり降る雪と人の見るまで梅の花散る

paru no no ni
kiri tatiwatari
puru yuki to
pito no miru made
ume no pana tiru
In the springtime meadows
Filled with spreading mist,
As falling snow
To folk’s eyes appears
The scattering plum blossom.

Denshi no Makami, Clerk of Chikuzen
筑前目田氏真上

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 16

いまよりはなでておほさむをみなへしときあるあきにあふとおもへば

ima yori wa
nadete ōsamu
ominaeshi
toki aru aki ni
au to omoeba
From this point on
With gentle caresses will I raise
This maidenflower,
That an auspicious autumn
She would meet—I thought…

Nochikata
31

あきぎりにゆくへやまどふをみなへしはかなくのべにひとりほのめく

akigiri ni
yukue ya madou
ominaeshi
hakanaku nobe ni
hitori honomeku
In the autumn mists
Has she lost her way?
A maidenflower
Fleetingly in the meadows
Did I faintly glimpse alone…

Susugu
32

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 11

Left         Final Round

をみなへしこのあきまでぞまさるべきつゆをもぬきてたまにまどはせ

ominaeshi
kono aki made zo
masarubeki
tsuyu o mo nukite
tama ni madowase
The maidenflowers
This autumn
Have been fine, indeed—
Strung with dewdrops
As pearls let you be!

His Majesty
21[1]

Right

きみによりのべをはなれしをみなへしおなじこころにあきをとどめよ

kimi ni yori
nobe o hanareshi
ominaeshi
onaji kokoro ni
aki o todomeyo
For My Lord
Have you left your meadows,
O, maidenflower,
Wishing as we,
Autumn—hold here!

Her Majesty, the Empress

22[2]

The flowers of the Right were inferior, but the poems of the Right won.


[1] Shinsen man’yōshū 528

[2] Shinsen man’yōshū 548

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 9

Left

あきのののつゆにおかるるをみなへしはらふひとなみぬれつつやふる

aki no no no
tsuyu ni okaruru
ominaeshi
harau hito nami
nuretsutsu ya furu
In the autumn meadows
Dripped with dewdrops are
The maidenflowers—
With no one to brush them off
Will they ever be so drenched?

Okikaze
17[1]

Right

あだなりとなにぞたちぬるをみなへしなぞあきののにおひそめにけむ

adanari to
na ni zo tachinuru
ominaeshi
nazo aki no no ni
oisomenikemu
Faithless is
The reputation attached to
The maidenflower,
So why within the autumn meadows
Has she begun to grow?

18[2]


[1] Gosenshū VI: 275; Kokin rokujō 3689; Okikaze-shū 12

[2] Shinsen man’yōshū 522

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 02

Left

あきののをみなへしるともささわけにぬれにしそでやはなとみゆらむ

aki no no o
mina heshiru to mo
sasa wake ni
nurenishi sode ya
hana to miyuramu
Through the autumn meadows
Everyone knows to pass, yet
Forging through the dwarf bamboo
Will my sleeves, so drenched,
Appear as the flowers do?[1]

3

Right

をみなへしあきののかぜにうちなびきこころひとつをたれによすらん

ominaeshi
aki no nokaze ni
uchinabiki
kokoro hitotsu o
tare ni yosuran
The maidenflower,
With a breeze across the autumn fields,
Waves back and forth;
Having but a single heart,
To whom does she incline, I wonder?

The Minister of the Left[2]
4[3]


[1] This poem is an acrostic, where the syllables of the word ‘maidenflower’ (ominaeshi) are included as part of other words in the poem. It is thus understood that the final reference to ‘flowers’ (hana 花) is to these.

[2] Fujiwara no Tokihira 藤原時平 (871-909).

[3] Kokinshū IV: 230; Shinsen man’yōshū 532; Kokin rokujō 3660