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SZS VIII: 522

Composed saying he would pass the barrier at Meeting Hill at night.

あふ坂の関には人もなかりけりいは井の水のもるにまかせて

aFusaka no
seki ni Fa Fito mo
nakarikeri
iFawi no midu no
moru ni makasete
At Meeting Hill’s
Barrier of folk
There is no sign—
To the water from the rocky spring’s
Guarded dripping is it entrusted…

Hōribe no Narinaka

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SIS XX: 1313

When her grandchild passed away.

うきながらきえせぬ物は身なりけりうらやましきは水のあわかな

ukinagara
kiesenu mono Fa
mi narikeri
urayamasiki Fa
midu no awa kana
How cruel it is that
What remains here yet
Is me—
How I envy
The foam upon the waters!

Nakatsukasa

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GSIS III: 206

Composed on summer rain for a poetry match, after the Thirty Day Sutra Recitation[1] held at the residence of the Uji Former Grand Minister[2].

さみだれにみづのみまきのまこも草かりほすひまもあらじとぞおもふ

samidare ni
midu no mimaki no
makomogusa
kariFosu Fima mo
arazi to zo omoFu
In the summer rain
At Mizu, the royal pasture grows
Wild rice, but
To reap and dry it no time
There is at all, I feel!

Sagami

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[1] The Thirty Day Sutra Recitation (Sanjikkō 三十講)was an event where the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings (Ananta Nirdeśa Sūtra; Jp. Muryōgi-kyō 無量義経), the twenty-eight fascicles of the Lotus Sutra (Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtram; Jp. Hokke-kyō 法華経) and the Samantabhadra Meditation Sūtra (Jp. Kanfugen-kyō 観普賢経) were read aloud over thirty consecutive days, or occasionally over fifteen consecutive days with readings each morning and evening.

[2] Fujiwara no Yorimichi 藤原頼通 (992-1074)

SIS XI: 636

Sent when he saw the Tsutsumi Middle Counsellor Lady of the Bedchamber.[1]

あなこひしはつかに人をみづのあわのきえかへるともしらせてしかな

ana koFisi
Fatuka ni Fito wo
midu no awa no
kiekaFeru tomo
sirasetesi kana
O, how strong my love!
Faintly, a lady
Did I see, who as foam upon the water
Vanished once more, yet
I had to let her know!

The Ononomiya Palace Minister

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[1] A reference to Fujiwara no Sōshi (Kuwako) 藤原桑子 (dates unknown), the daughter of Fujiwara no Kanesuke 藤原兼輔 (877-933), who was an Imperial Concubine to Emperor Daigo 醍醐 (885-930; r 897-930), and the mother of Imperial Prince Nori’akira 章明 (924-990).

FGS X: 961

A love poem, from when he presented a hundred poem sequence.

しられじなおさふる袖のなみだ川したにははやき水のこころを

shirareji na
osauru sode no
namidagawa
shita ni wa hayaki
mizu no kokoro o
No one knows, it seems—
As I wipe away with my sleeves
A river of tears
Beneath it, swift, are
The waters of my heart.

The Regent and Minister of the Right

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