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Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 31

あきかぜになみやたつらんあまのがはすぐるまもなくつきのながるる

akikaze ni
nami ya tatsuramu
ama no kawa
sukuru ma mo naku
tsuki no nagaruru
Might it be the autumn wind that
Has raised the waves upon
The River of Heaven?
There’s no space to pass for
The moon, flowing by…

61

つき見ればちぢにものこそかなしけれ我がみひとつのあきにはあらねど

tsuki mireba
chiji ni mono koso
kanashikere
wa ga mi hitotsu no
aki ni wa aranedo
When I gaze upon the moon
So many are my sources of
Sadness;
Though, it is not I, alone, who
Is faced with autumn…

62

Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 19

なにしおはばしひてたのまむをみなへしひとのこころのあきはうくとも[1]

na ni shi owaba
shiite tanomamu
ominaeshi
hito no kokoro no
aki wa uku tomo
If the name fits, then
Strongly, would I ask you,
Maidenflower:
Though folk’s full hearts
In autumn, be cruel…

37

あきのよをひとりねたらむあまのがはふちせたどらずいざわたりなむ

aki no yo o
hitori netaramu
ama no kawa
fuchise tadorazu
iza watarinamu
On an autumn night,
I sleep alone, it seems, for
To the River of Heaven’s
Depths and shallows I will not make my way—
However can I cross them?

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[1] Shinchokusenshū 242; also a minor variant occurs in Kokin rokujō (3368) なにしおはばしひてたのまんをみなへし花の心の秋はうくともna ni shi owaba / shiite tanomamu / ominaeshi / hana no kokoro no / aki wa uku tomo ‘If the name fits, then / Forcefully, would I trust you, / Maidenflower: / Though a flower’s heart / In autumn, be cruel…’ Tsurayuki.

SIS XVII: 1089

天の川扇の風に雲晴れて空澄みわたる鵲の橋

ama no kaFa
aFugi no kaze ni
kumo Farete
sora sumiwataru
kasasagi no Fasi
Upon the River of Heaven,
The breeze of her fan
Clears the clouds, and
Soaring ‘cross the skies goes
A bridge of magpies.

Kiyowara no Motosuke

This poem is also Wakan rōeishū  202.

SIS XVII: 1088

On the 21st day of the Fifth Month Tenroku 4 [973], former emperor En’yū, who was then the sovereign, visited the Princess of the First Order [Shishi 資子] and, following a loss at a game with go counters, on the 7th day of the Seventh Month, the Princess had a fan wrapped in thin cloth and presented to the imperial pantry.

天の川河辺涼しき七夕に扇の風を猶やかさまし

ama no kaFa
kaFabe suzusiki
tanabata ni
aFugi no kaze wo
naFo ya kasamasi
On the River of Heaven’s
Shore, cool
In early autumn
Is this fan’s breeze:
I wonder, should I lend it you more?

Nakatsukasa

This poem is also Wakan rōeishū  201.