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FGS XI: 1062

On waiting for love, night after night.

われも人もあはれつれなきよなよなよたのめもやまず待ちもよわらず

ware mo hito mo
aware tsurenaki
yonayona yo
tanome mo yamazu
machi mo yowarazu
Me and him—
How moving is our hard-heartedness
Night after night!
Endlessly he makes me believe him,
Never weakening in waiting for him!

Eifukumon’in

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

Teiji-in uta’awase 33

Left

つゆばかりたのみおかなんことのはにしばしもとまるいのちありやと

tsuyu bakari
tanomi okanan
koto no ha ni
shibashi mo tomaru
inochi ari ya to
Dewdrop fragile
Is my trust that dripping
On the leaves, your words
A little longer might hold
My life here, perhaps…

66

Right

はるさめのよにふるそらもおもほえずくもゐながらにひとこふるみは

harusame no
yo ni furu sora mo
omohoezu
kumoi nagara ni
hito kouru mi wa
Spring showers
Fall from night time skies—living on
Is not for me, I think, for
Beyond the clouds lies
The one I love…

67

Teiji-in uta’awase 29

Left

うつつにもゆめにもひとによるしあへばくれゆくばかりうれしきはなし

utsutsu ni mo
yume ni mo hito ni
yoru shi aeba
kureyuku bakari
ureshiki wa nashi
In reality and
In dreams both, ‘tis her
I meet at night, so
Until the twilight comes
I have no joy, at all.

Mitsune
57

Right (Win)

たまもかるあまとはなしにきみこふるわがころもでのかわくときなき

tamamo karu
ama to wa nashi ni
kimi kouru
wa ga koromode no
kawaku toki naki
Reaping gemweed,
A seaman, I am not, but
Loving you, my lady,
My sleeves are
Dry for not a moment.

58

Teiji-in uta’awase 21

Summer

Five poems on the Fourth Month

Left (Win)

みやまいでてまづはつこゑはほととぎすよぶかくまたむわがやどになけ

miyama idete
mazu hatsukoe wa
hototogisu
yobu kaku matamu
wa ga yado ni nake
Emerging from the mountains deep,
Early, your first call,
Cuckoo—
Where I would be waiting all night long
At my house, o, sing out!

Masakata[i]

41

Right

けふよりはなつのころもになりぬれどきるひとさへはかはらざりけり

kyō yori wa
natsu no koromo ni
narinuredo
kiru hito sae wa
kawarazarikeri
From today
Summer garb
We have put on, yet
The folk who wear it
Have not changed at all.

Mitsune
42

‘The Right is uninteresting,’ so it lost.


[i] Minamoto no Masakata 源雅固 (dates unknown). A son of Minamoto no Sada’ari 源定有 (dates unknown), one of the sons of Emperor Montoku (827-858; r. 850-858).

Teiji-in uta’awase 11

Ten Poems on the Third Month

Left (Tie)

みてかへるこころあかねばさくらばなさけるあたりにやどやからまし

mitekaeru
kokoro akaneba
sakurabana
sakeru atari ni
yado ya karamashi
Seeing you and returning home
Leaves my heart unsated,
O, cherry blossom!
In the place where you do bloom is
Where I would borrow lodging…

Okikaze
21

Right

しののめにおきてみつればさくらばなまだよをこめてちりにけるかな

shinonome ni
okite mitsureba
sakurabana
mada yo o komete
chirinikeru kana
At the edge of dawn,
When I arise to gaze upon
The cherry blossoms
Within the night’s span
Have they scattered!

Yorimoto
22

The Right’s poem was just as His Majesty said: ‘It expresses affection for the blossom through gazing and gazing upon them.’ When it was suggested to him that the work produced by Lord Sadakata and Lord Noboru conveyed the same overall impression, he took his time to consider the matter, then said, ‘In that case,’ and made the round a tie.

Teiji-in uta’awase 09

Left (Tie)

ふりはへてはなみにくればくらぶやまいとどかすみのたちかくすらむ

furihaete
hana mi ni kureba
kurabuyama
itodo kasumi no
tachikakusuramu
When with many trials
The blossom have I come to see
Upon Kurabu Mountain
Already does the haze
Seem to rise to conceal them.

Okikaze

17

Right

いもやすくねられざりけりはるのよははなのちるのみゆめにみえつつ

imo yasuku
nerarezarikeri
haru no yo wa
hana no chiru nomi
yume ni mietsutsu
My darling, uneasily,
Does sleep;
On a night in springtime
Scattering blossom, alone,
In her dreams does she ever see…

18

‘These are just about amusing,’ they tied.

Ikuhōmon’in no Aki-shū 54

Around the last day of the Fifth Month, when she had been lying awake all night, filled with gloomy thoughts.

限りあればこよひにつきぬさみだれも身をしるあめはいつかをやまん

kagiri areba
koyoi ni tsukinu
samidare mo
mi o shiru ame wa
itsuka o yaman
All things have an end, so
This night’s endless
Showers—
The rainfall of my misery—
O, when might they cease to fall?

Lady Aki, in service to the Empress Ikuhōmon’in
郁芳門院安芸

Uda-in uta’awase 12

Regretting the Day of the Rat

Left

むねのひををしもぬかねばみだれおつるなみだのたまにかつぞけちつる

mune no hi o
o shimo nukaneba
midare’otsuru
namida no tama ni
katsu zo kechitsuru
The fire within my breast
Will not thread upon a string, but
My disorderly dripping
Gemstone tears will
Yet extinguish it.

Tsurayuki
23

Right (Win)

くらきよにともすほたるのむねのひををしもとけたるたまかとぞ見る

kuraki yo ni
tomosu hotaru no
mune no hi o
o shimo toketaru
tama ka zo zo miru
On a night so dark,
The kindled fireflies of
The fire within my breast;
Loosened from their string
As scattered gemstones they appear.

Tadamine
24

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 06

Left

かくをしむあきにしあはばをみなへしうつろふことはわすれやはせぬ

kaku oshimu
aki ni shi awaba
ominaeshi
utsurou koto wa
wasure ya wa senu
If feeling such regret
I should encounter autumn, then
O, maidenflower,
To fade
You should not forget, should you?

11

Right

ながきよにたれたのめけむをみなへしひとまつむしのえだごとになく

nagaki yo ni
tare tanomekemu
ominaeshi
hito matsumushi no
edagoto ni naku
On a long, long night
Who is it has made you believe,
O, maidenflower?
Pining for him while crickets
Cry from your every branch…

12[1]


[1] Shinsen man’yōshū 536; Fubokushō 4231