Kurōdo no tō-ke uta’awase 7

たなばたもすずむしのねもこよひこそ心をかくるつまとなりけれ

tanabata mo
suzumushi no ne mo
koyoi koso
kokoro o kakuru
tsuma to narikere
The Weaver Maid, too,
The bell crickets’ cries,
On this night above all
Hides within her heart
That she is wed.

Lord Tamechika[1]


[1] Minamoto no Tamechika 源為親 (dates unknown). He was the elder brother of Minamoto no Tamenori源為憲, a minor noble who has one poem in Shūishū (VIII: 464). Tamechika himself reached no further than Junior Fifth Rank, Lower Grade, and served as Governor of Higo.

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