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Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 38

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夏の月ひかりをしまず照る時はながるる水にかげろふぞたつ

natsu no tsuki
hikari o shimazu
teru toki wa
nagaruru mizu ni
kagerō zo tatsu
When summer moon’s
Light lightly
Shines
From the running waters
Haze arises!

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琴の音にひびきかよへる松風はしらべても鳴く蝉の声かな

koto no ne ni
hibikikayoeru
matsukaze wa
shirabetemo naku
semi no koe kana
A zither’s strains
Echoing back and forth:
The wind through the pines,
In tune with the cries
In the cicadas’ song!

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[1] Shinshūishū III: 303/Shinsen man’yōshū 73/Kokin rokujō I: 398/Fubokushō IX: 3584

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 37

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おしなべて五月のそらを見渡せば草葉も水もみどりなりけり

oshinabete
satsuki no sora o
miwataseba
kusaba mo mizu mo
midori narikeri
When the entire
Fifth Month sky
I gaze across,
Blades of grass and water, too,
Are green.

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くるるかとみれば明けぬる夏の夜をあかずとや鳴く山郭公

kururu ka to
mireba akenuru
natsu no yo o
akazu to ya naku
yamahototogisu
Did you think ’twas sunset?
When a glance would show the breaking dawn
Of this summer night-
Unsated by your song, do you sing on,
Cuckoo in the mountains?

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[1] Shinchokusenshū III: 152/Kokin rokujō I: 89

[1] Kokinshū III: 157, attributed to Mibu no Tadamine/Shinsen man’yōshū 57/Kokin rokujō VI: 4437

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 34

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いつの間に花かれにけむながくだにありせば夏のかげとみましを

itsu no ma ni
hana karenikemu
nagaku dani
ariseba natsu no
kage to mimashi o
In an instant
The blossoms seems to wither!
If but longer
They were here, summer’s
Shape I would see in them…

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幾千たび鳴きかへるらむ足引の山ほととぎす声はわすれて

ikuchi tabi
nakikaeruramu
ashihiki no
yamahototogisu
koe wa wasurete
How many thousand times,
Does he return to sing?
The leg-wearying
Mountain cuckoo,
Forgetting his song…

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Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 12

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春ながら年はくれなん散る花ををしと鳴くなる鶯のこゑ

haru nagara
toshi wa kurenan
chiru hana o
oshi to nakunaru
uguisu no koe
‘Tis spring, but
The year draws to an end;
‘The scattering blossom
I regret!’ sings
The warbler’s song.

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大空をおほふばかりの袖もがな春咲く花を風にまかせじ

ōzora o
ōu bakari no
sode mogana
haru saku hana o
kaze ni makaseji
If only the heavens
I could simply cover
With my sleeves, then
The blossoms blooming in springtime
I’d not abandon to the wind!

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[1] Shinsen man’yōshū 35; Shinchokusenshū II: 88.

[2] Shinsen man’yōshū 263.

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 11

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駒なべてめも春の野にまじりなむ若菜摘みつる人は有りやと

koma nabete
me mo haru no no ni
majirinamu
wakana tsumitsuru
hito wa ari ya to
Mounts all over
The springtime meadows before my eyes
Are mixed;
A’plucking of fresh herbs,
Are there folk there, I wonder?

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鶯の谷よりいづる声なくは春くることを誰かつげまし

uguisu no
tani yori izuru
koe naku wa
haru kuru koto o
tare ka tsugemashi
If the bush-warbler
From the valleys
Did not sing his song,
That spring is coming
Would anyone announce it at all?

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[1] Shisen manyōshū 13; Kokin rokujō II: 1137, ‘Springtime meadows’

[2] A minor variant of this poem occurs in Kokinshū (I: 14), attributed to Ōe no Chisato: 鶯の谷よりいづる声なくは春来ることを誰かしらまし uguisu no / tani yori izuru / koe naku wa / haru kuru koto o / tare ka shiramashi ‘If the bush-warbler / From the valleys / Did not sing his song, / That spring is coming / Would anyone realise at all?’; also Shinsen man’yōshū 261.

Fubokushō XIII: 5422

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Dowager Empress during the Reign of the Kanpyō Emperor.

秋のせみさむき声にぞきこゆなる木のはの衣を風やぬぎつる

aki no semi
samuki koe ni zo
kikoyunaru
ko no ha no kinu o
kaze ya nugitsuru
In the autumn, the cicadas’
Chill song
I hear;
Has the trees’ garb of leaves
Been stripped from them by the wind?

Anonymous

San’i minamoto no hirotsune ason uta’awase 2

Being quiet in company with a bush warbler (鶯閑中友)

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うぐひすのこゑを友にてくらすかなひとりながむる春の山里

uguisu no
koe o tomo nite
kurasu kana
hitori nagamuru
haru no yamazato
O, with a warbler’s
Song
To spend my days!
Gazing out alone
From a mountain hut in springtime…

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山家はなく鶯のこゑのみぞのどけき春の友ときこゆる

yama ie wa
naku uguisu no
koe nomi zo
nodokeki haru no
tomo to kikoyuru
In a dwelling in the mountains
With nothing but a singing warbler’s
Song!
Peaceful, pleasant springtime
Is in the very sound.

Fujiwara no Kunimoto, Ranked without Office
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San’i minamoto no hirotsune ason uta’awase 10

Round Ten:  Insects’ songs from behind thickets of grass

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たづねくるかひもあるかな草村に我まつむしの声ぞきこゆる

tazunekuru
kai mo aru kana
kusamura ni
ware matsumushi no
koe zo kikoyuru
Paying a visit here—
Has some point, I think!
Among the grassy thickets
I pine crickets’
Song in my ears.

A Court Lady

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松虫のこゑもたえせぬ草むらはたづねぬ人も尋ねきにけり

matsumushi no
koe mo taesenu
kusamura wa
tazunenu hito mo
tazunekinikeri
Pine crickets’
Songs I would have ever carry on
Among the grassy thickets
The one who has not called
Has finally paid a visit!

A Court Lady

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