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Fubokushō XVI: 6665

On winter rain, from a hundred poem sequence on the four seasons, composed in Jōkyū 2 [1220].

都人ちぎりしものをはつ雪に松の葉をしき夕暮の雨

miyakobito
chigirishi mono o
hatsuyuki ni
matsu no ha o shiki
yūgure no ame
Capital folk
Did make a vow:
Upon the first snows
Pine needles spread
By the evening rain.

Lord Ietaka, Junior Second Rank

MYS II: 140

A poem composed by the Maiden of Yosami, the wife of Hitomaro, Lord Kakinomoto, when she parted from him.

な思ひと君は言えども逢はむ時いつと知りてか我が恋ひざらむ

na omopi to
kimi pa ipedomo
apamu toki
itu to sirite ka
wa ga kopizaramu
‘Think not of me,’
You say, my Lord, yet
When will we meet again?
Wondering that, could
I live without love?

The Maiden of Yosami
依羅娘子

MYS II: 111

When Her Majesty was paying a visit to Yoshino, Prince Yuge sent this poem to Princess Nukata.

いにしへに恋ふる鳥かも弓絃葉の御井の上より鳴き渡り行く

inisipe ni
kopuru tori kamo
yudurupa no
miwi no upe yori
nakiwatariyuku
In bygone days
Was this the bird we did love so?
That now over Yuzuruha’s
Sacred springs
Crosses in song…

Prince Yuge

Fubokushō XXIV: 11156

From a poetry contest at Sadafun’s house.

みねはもえふもとはこほるふじ川のわれもうき世を住みぞわづらふ

mine Fa moe
Fumoto Fa koForu
FuzigaFa no
ware mo ukiyo wo
sumi zo waduraFu
At the peak it burns and
At the foot does freeze:
The Fuji River, just as
I, too, in this cruel world
Live and suffer.

Fukayabu

This is the sole surviving poem from ‘Sadafumi’s Poetry Contest‘.

Fubokushō XVIII: 7269

Same as the previous poem.

わたの海にふるしら雪は消えながら波の心にさむさをぞそむ

wata no umi ni
Furu sirayuki Fa
kienagara
nami no kokoro ni
samusa wo zo somu
Across the broad sea sweep
Falls white snow;
It vanishes, yet
The waves’ hearts are
Dyed with cold.

Anonymous

Fubokushō XVIII: 7268

On waves chilled to the heart due to snow, from the poetry contest at Sadafun’s house, Engi 6.

ふる雪に波の心もさむからしかざがくれとやへたにたちよる

Furu yuki ni
nami no kokoro mo
samukararashi
kazagakure to ya
Feta ni tachiyoru
With the falling snow
The waves’ hearts, too,
Must be so cold;
Do they seek shelter from the wind
Breaking on the shore?

Anonymous