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Saishō chūjō kuninobu no ie no uta’awase 14

Left (Win).
夜とともに玉散る床の菅枕見せばや人に夜半の景色を

yo to tomo ni
tama tiru toko no
sugamakura
miseba ya Fito ni
yowa no kesiki wo
Together with the night
Gemlets scatter on my bed’s
Sedge-filled pillow;
Should I show her
This midnight sight?

The Master 大夫
[Minamoto no Toshiyori 源俊頼]
27

Right.
波のよる岩根に立てる磯馴れ松また寝もいらで恋ひあかしつる

nami no yoru
iFane ni tateru
sonare matu
mata ne mo irade
koFi akasituru
The waves roll in
To the cliffs where stands
A hardy pine upon the rocks;
Once more sleepless
From love do I greet the dawn.

The Assistant Master 佐
[Fujiwara no Mototoshi 藤原基俊]
28

MYS IV: 679

A poem sent by the Elder Maiden of Nakatomi to Ōtomo, sukune Yakamochi.

いなと言はば強ひめや我が背菅の根の思ひ乱れて恋ひつつもあらむ

ina ipaba
sipime ya wa ga se
suga no ne no
omopimidarete
koitutu mo aramu
Should you tell me no,
Should I pointlessly implore you?
As the sedge-roots
In a tangle of passion
Will I ever love you!

The Elder Maiden of Nakatomi
中臣郎女

MYS III: 299

A poem composed by Lord Ōtomo, Major Councillor.

奥山の菅の葉しのぎ降る雪の消なば惜しけむ雨な降りそね

okuyama no
suga no pa sinogi
puru yuki no
kenaba wosikemu
ame na puri so ne
Deep within the mountains
The sedge-stalks are weighed down with
Falling snow, but
Should it vanish, how I would regret it, so
Fall not, O rain!

Ōtomo no Yasumaro (?-714)
大伴安麻呂

GSS XIV: 1024

When a man who had long visited a woman at the house of the Sugawara Minister, ceased coming for a while, and then came once more.

菅原や伏見の里の荒れしより通ひし人のあともたえにき

sugaFara ya
Fusimi no sato no
aresi yori
kayoFisi Fito no
ato mo taeniki
Sedge fields lie
Around the estate of Fushimi,
All long overgrown;
He who passed across them
Has left no tracks at all…

Anonymous

Love II: 21

Left (Win).

菅薦の三編には我も寢たれども逢嬉さにしく物ぞなき

sugagomo no
mifu ni wa ware mo
netaredomo
au ureshisa ni
shiku mono zo naki
Beneath sedge woven blankets
Three layers thick
Have I slept, yet
To the joy of meeting you
Nothing can compare!

Lord Kanemune

701

Right.

戀々てあひみる夜半ぞまさりける人の心の知らまほしさに

koigoite
aimiru yow azo
masarikeru
hito no kokoro no
shiramahoshisa ni
Long has our love been and
Now we meet, at last;
In the midst of this night
How great are her feelings –
That’s what I would know!

Ietaka

702

Left and Right both say their opponent’s poem expresses the truth of the matter.

Shunzei’s judgement: the Left’s poem, in addition to drawing upon earlier work, seems technically accomplished. The Right’s poem does express a form of truth, yet would one really wish to know so much? The Left wins.

Love II: 16

Left (Win).

更けにけり頼めぬ鐘は音信て七編さびしき十編の菅薦

fukenikeri
tanomenu kane wa
otozurete
nanafu sabishiki
tofu no sugagomo
Night has fallen,
Untrustworthy, the bell
Tolls – an absent vistor’s
Seven layers lie empty
Of ten layers of woven sedge blanket.

Lord Ari’ie.

691

Right.

今日とても憂きに頼みは變れども待とて安き物思ひかは

kyō tote mo
uki ni tanomi wa
kawaredomo
matsu tote yasuki
mono’omoi ka wa
I thought that today
My despair
To trust would change, yet
While waiting, calmness
Is farthest from my thoughts…

Jakuren.

692

Left and Right both state: we find no faults.

Shunzei’s judgement: the Left, commencing with ‘night has fallen’ (fukenikeri) and continuing with ‘seven layers lie empty’ (nanafu sabishiki) is elegant [yū]. It should win.

Autumn II: 22

Left (Tie).

明方に夜はなりぬとや菅原や伏見の田居に鴫ぞ立ちける

akekata ni
yo wa narinu to ya
sugawara ya
fushimi no tai ni
shigi zo tachikeru
Is it that dawn
Has come to break the night,
That from the sedge-lined
Fields of Fushimi
The snipe have started?

Lord Suetsune.

403

Right.

明ぬるか鴫の羽がき閨過ぎて袖に月もる深草の里

akenuru ka
shigi no hanegaki
neya sugite
sode ni tsuki moru
fukakusa no sato
Has dawn come?
The snipe’s wingbeats
Cross my bedchamber,
Sleeves lit by lonely moonlight
In the overgrown depths of Fukakusa…

Lord Takanobu.

404

The Right state, ‘There is no precedent for the addition of “fields” (tai) to “sedge-lined Fushimi” (sugawara ya fushimi). In addition, using ya at the end of both the second and third lines is grating on the ear.’ The Left merely remark, ‘“Fukakusa” is now, perhaps more commonly associated with quail.”

Shunzei’s judgement: ‘In regard to the Right’s poem, although one would really like there to be a precedent, and there are doubtless rice fields in “sedge-lined Fushimi”, I do still feel that “fields” here is a little outre, is it not? While the Left’s “sleeved lit by lonely moonlight” (sode ni tsuki moru) is superlative, I would prefer “quail” to be associated with “Fukakusa”. If snipe call for a place name, it is not Fukakusa, but Yamada, I would think. Both poems are excellent, but with faults, and for this reason the round ties.’