Category Archives: Senzaishū

SZS XIV: 881

Composed on the conception of unmet love with varying emotions, when he was ordered to produce a hundred poem sequence.

ながらへてかはるこころをみるよりはあふにいのちをかへてましかば

nagaraFete
kaFaru kokoro wo
miru yori Fa
aFu ni inoti wo
kaFetemashi ka ba
To live on and
Your inconstant heart
See—I’d rather
For a meeting my life
Exchange…

The Regent and Minister of the Right

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

SZS I: 53

Composed on the conception of seeing blossom every morning.

たづねきてたをるさくらの朝露に花のたもとのぬれぬ日ぞなき

tadunekite
taworu sakura no
asatuyu ni
Fana no tamoto no
nurenu Fi zo naki
I pay a visit and
Pluck, with my hand, a stem of cherry blossom;
The morning dew
My springtime sleeves
Dampens every single day!

The Naka-no-in Minister of the Right

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

SZS XII: 709

Composed on the conception of differing love, for the same ten poem sequence.

うれしくはのちの心を神もきけひくしめなはのたえじとぞおもふ

uresiku Fa
noti no kokoro wo
kami mo kike
Fiku simenawF no
taezi to zo omoFu
Should it please you,
Let my heart in days to come—
Heed my prayer, O, God—
As a sacred garland strung
I would it prove false never!

Master of the Palace Repairs Office Akisue

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

SZS XVI: 994

Composed when he composed ten poems about the moon.

今よりはふけ行くまでに月はみじそのこととなく涙おちけり

ima yori Fa
Fukeyuku made ni
tuki Fa mizi
sono koto to naku
namida otikeri
From now
Until the break of dawn
I shall not look upon the moon;
For no particular reason
My tears are falling.

Lord Fujiwara no Kiyosuke

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

SZS IV: 265

Composed when he presented a Hundred Poem Sequence to former Emperor Sutoku.

たつたひめかざしのたまのををよわみみだれにけりとみゆるしらつゆ

tatutaFime
kazasi no tama no
wo wo yowami
midarenikeri to
miyuru siratuyu
Princess Tatsuta’s
Jewelled hairpin
Has threads so frail that
Confused do
Appear the silver dewdrops.

Lord Fujiwara no Kiyosuke

SZS XVI: 981

Composed when he composed a large number of poems about the moon.

さざなみや国つみかみのうらさびてふるき宮こに月ひとりすむ

sazanami ya
kunitumikami no
urasabite
Furuki miyako ni
tuki Fitori sumu
Wavelets have washed
The guardian god
Chilling his heart, for
At the ancient capital
The solitary moon shines clear.

The Hosshōji Lay Priest and Former Chancellor and Palace Minister

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

SZS XIX: 1211

Composed when he was on a pilgrimage to worship Kannon at thirty-three places, and saw oil emerging at Tanigumi, in Mino.[1]

よをてらすほとけのしるしありければまだともし火もきえぬなりけり

yo wo terasu
Fotoke no sirusi
arikereba
mada tomosibi mo
kienu narikeri
Shining light upon the world,
This Buddha, a sign
Does give:
As yet, the lanterns
Never have gone out!

Former Archbishop Kakuchū
前大僧正覚忠


[1] This poem was composed at the Kegonji 華厳寺 temple on Mount Tagumi (Tagumisan 谷汲山) in the middle of what is now Gifu 岐阜 prefecture.