Winter II: 25

Left.

唱へつる三世の佛の中の夜になぞ栢梨を勧め置きけん

tonaetsuru
miyo no hotoke no
naka no yo ni
nazo kaenashi o
susume’okiken
Reciting the names
Of all three world’s Buddhas;
In the midst of that night
Why is Kaenashi’s sake
Proffered?

Kenshō.

589

Right.

唱へつる三世の佛のよそに又大宮人の名乘るべしやは

tonaetsuru
miyo no hotoke no
yoso ni mata
ōmiyabito no
nanorubeshi ya wa
Reciting the names
Of all three world’s Buddhas;
On departing, once more
Do the palace folk
Announce their names?

Lord Tsune’ie.

590

The Gentlemen of the Left and Right state jointly: why be bothered about proffering Kaenashi sake, or courtiers giving their names?

Shunzei’s judgement: the poems of both Left and Right merely recall the order of events at the ceremony of reciting the Buddhas’ names. In conception and quality [kokoro mo uta hodo mo] they are equal.

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