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Sagyokushū II: 325-326

Round 8

Left

花の色はかすみのひまにほのみえて山のはにほふ春の暁

hana no iro wa
kasumi no hima ni
honomiete
yama no ha niou
haru no akebono
The blossoms’ hues
Between the shifting haze
I briefly glimpse, and
The mountains’ edges glow
With the dawn in springtime.

325

Right

あだし夜の花にとききてゆく雁の名残もいとど有明のそら

adashiyo no
hana ni toki kite
yuku kari no
nagori mo itdodo
ariake no sora
To fleeting night’s
Blossoms has the time come, and
The departing geese leave
A keepsake more brief
In the skies at dawn.

326

This round, again, it seems difficult to distinguish between the the two poems.

Former Emperor Gosukō (1372-1456)
後崇光院

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 96

Left

住吉のきしによる波夜さへや夢のかよひ路人めよくらむ

sumiyoshi no
kishi ni yoru nami
yoru sae ya
yume no kayoiji
hitome yokuramu
On Sumiyoshi’s
Shore break waves;
Even at night
Upon the path of dreams
Can we avoid others’ prying eyes?

186

Right

夕附夜おぼろに人を見てしより天雲はれぬ心地こそすれ

yūzukuyo
oboro ni hito o
miteshi yori
amagumo harenu
kokochi koso sure
On a moonlit evening
Faintly, a lady
Did I see, and ever since
Heaven’s clouds, unclearing,
Weigh on my feelings…

187

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 95

Left

ひとりぬる我が手枕を昼はほし夜はぬらして幾代へぬらん

hitori nuru
wa ga tamakura o
hiru wa hoshi
yo wa nurashite
iku yo henuran
Sleeping alone,
Pillowed on my arm,
In daytime it’s dry, and
At night it’s drenched—
How many ages will pass by so?

184[1]

Right

ほのに見し人におもひをつけそめて心からこそしたにこがるれ

hono ni mishi
hito ni omoi o
tsukesomete
kokoro kara koso
shita ni kogarure
Faintly did I see
Her, and the fires of passion
First ignited;
From within my heart,
I secretly smoulder.

185[2]


[1] Shinsenzaishū XII: 1251/This poem is also included in Mandaishū (XII: 2360) with the headnote, ‘A poem from the Poetry Contest in One Hundred Rounds held by the Tōin Empress’.

[2] A minor variant of this poem, with a headnote attributing it to this contest, appears in Shokukokinshū (XI: 1038): よそにみし人におもひをつけそめてこころからこそしたにこがるれ yoso ni mishi / hito ni omoi o / tsukesomete / kokoro kara koso / shita ni kogarure ‘Casually did I see / Her, and the fires of passion / First ignited; / From within my heart, / I secretly smoulder.’

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 91

Left

しぬる命いきもやすると心みに玉のをばかりあはむといはなむ

shinuru inochi
iki mo ya suru to
kokoromi ni
tama no o bakari
awamu to iwanamu
I have died for love of you, but
Might life return?
Try, if only as
A fragile jewelled thread, and
Say that you will meet with me!

Okikaze
176[1]

Right

あかずして別れしよひのなみだ川よどみもなくもたぎつ心か

akazushite
wakareshi yoi no
namidagawa
yodomi mo naku mo
tagitsu kokoro ka
Still hungering for you
When we parted that night, did
The river of my tears
Not in a trickle, but
In a torrent run through my heart?

177


[1] Kokinshū XII: 568; a minor variant of this poem also occurs in Kokin rokujō (V: 3207): しぬるいのちいきもやすると心みに玉のをばかりあひみてしかな shinuru inochi / iki mo ya suru to / kokoromi ni / tama no o bakari / aimiteshi kana ‘I have died for love of you, but / Might life return? / Try, if only as / A fragile jewelled thread, and / Make an attempt to meet me!’

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 79

Left

白露ぞ霜となりける冬のよはあまの河さへ水こほりけり

shiratsuyu zo
shimo to narikeru
fuyu no yo wa
ama no kawa sae
mizu kōrikeri
Silver dewdrops
Have turned to frost
On this winter’s night
Even the River of Heaven’s
Waters have frozen.

153

Right

冬の海に降りいる雪やそこにゐて春たつ浪の花とさくらん

fuyu no umi ni
furi’iru yuki ya
soko ni ite
haru tatsu nami no
hana to sakuran
Upon the sea in winter,
Falling down, is the snow:
Does it rest upon the bed and
With the waves breaking in springtime
Bloom into blossom?

154