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GSIS X: 541

A poem composed after the cremation of Cloistered Retired Emperor En’yū at Murasakino, when recalling how His Majesty had travelled there for the Day of the Rat the year before.

紫野雲のかけても思ひきや春の霞になして見むとは

murasaki no
kumo no kaketemo
omoFiki ya
Faru no kasumi ni
nasite mimu to Fa
At Murasakino
Clouds covering all
Did I recall?
The haze of spring
Have they become when I see them now…

Major Captain of the Left [Fujiwara no] Asamitsu
左大将[藤原]朝光

KKS I: 67

Composed and sent to someone who had come to see the cherry blossoms blooming at his house.

わが宿の花見がてらに来る人は散りなむのちぞこひしかるべき

wa ga yado no
Fanami ga tera ni
kuru Fito Fa
tirinamu noti zo
koFisikarubeki
To my home
For blossom-viewing
Folk come, but
After they have scattered
How fond of them I am!

Ōshikōchi no Mitsune

SKKS I: 64

On hearing the spring rain fall when having nothing to do.

つくづくと春のながめのさびしきはしのぶにつたふのきの玉水

tsukuzuku to
haru no nagame no
sabishiki wa
shinobu ni tsutau
noki no tamamizu
Ceaselessly
Spring’s long rains fill my gaze
With sorrow:
A tale told to the ferns
By droplets from the eaves…

Major Archbishop Gyōkei (1101-1165)
大僧正行慶

Love V: 7

Left.
筒井つゝ井筒にかけし丈よりも過ぬや通ふ心深さは

tsutsui tsutsu
itsutsu ni kakeshi
take yori mo
suginu ya kayou
kokoro fukasa wa
The pipe well
Covered over:
More than its height
Have passed
The depths of our hearts.

Kenshō.
853

Right (Win).
筒井つにかけしためしをいかに我結び知らせん春の若水

tsutsui tsu ni
kakeshi tameshi o
ika ni ware
musubi shirasen
haru no wakamizu
The pipe well
Was covered once,
So how can I
Tell you that cupping my hands
For Spring’s water, makes me young once more.

Lord Takanobu.
854

The Right state: the upper section of the Left’s poem is little different from its origin poem, while its lower part is grating on the ear. The Left state: the Right’s poem has no particular faults to mention.

In judgement: in addition to the use of ‘the pipe well’ (tsutsui tsu) by both Left and Right not being that unusual, the Left’s ‘pipe well’ having surpassed its height does not sound that profound in conception. ’Spring’s water, makes me young’ (haru no wakamizu) isn’t bad, so the Right wins.