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FGS VI: 563

On lightning.

いなづまのしばしもとめぬひかりにも草葉のつゆのかずはみえけり

inazuma no
shibashi mo tomenu
hikari ni mo
kusaba no tsuyu no
kazu wa miekeri
The lightning
Fails to linger for even a moment, yet
In its flash of light
Upon every blade of grass
Appear numerous dewdrops.

Lord Fujiwara no Tamehide

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Hon’in sadaijin-ke uta’awase 09

Bamboo

Left

つゆもおけとなびくものからたけのはのいろうつろへるあきもみぬかな

tsuyu mo oke to
nabiku mono kara
take no ha no
iro utsuroeru
aki mo minu kana
‘Fall, O, dewdrops!’, I say, then
Weighed down
The bamboo leaves’
Hues fading
I’ll see not this autumn!

18

Asters

Right

あきののにいろなきつゆはおきしかどわかむらさきに花はそみけり

aki no no ni
iro naki tsuyu wa
okishikado
wakamurasaki ni
hana wa somikeri
Upon the autumn meadows
Colourless dew
Has fallen, yet
With pale violet
Have the blooms been dyed.

18

Uda-in uta’awase 11

Wisteria

Left (Win)

おくつゆのひかりてたまぞみえまがふちのはながらにきえずもあらなむ

oku tsuyu no
hikarite tama zo
miemagau
chi no ha nagara ni
kiezu mo aranamu
The fallen dewdrops
Shine like gems
Within my sight;
From the budding leaves
I would they vanished not!

21

Right

あまつそらてりみくもりみゆくつきのふちのはなどはさやけかるらん

ama tsu sora
terimi kumorimi
yuku tsuki no
fuchi no ha nado wa
sayakekaruran
Through the heaven-bound skies
Shining, then clouding,
Goes the moon, so
Why, by this deep pool’s edge
Should it show so clear?

Fukayabu
22

GYS X: 1461

When a man who had come to see her around the Eighth Month left behind his fan, which was decorated with a picture of bamboo leaves spotted with dewdrops, after some time had passed, she returned it, with this.


しののめにおきてわかれし人よりはひさしくとまる竹の葉の露

shinonome ni
okite wakareshi
hito yori wa
hisashiku tomaru
take no ha no tsuyu
At the break of dawn
He rose and left—
That man, but
Much longer lingered
Dewdrops on the bamboo leaves.

Izumi Shikibu

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 11

Left         Final Round

をみなへしこのあきまでぞまさるべきつゆをもぬきてたまにまどはせ

ominaeshi
kono aki made zo
masarubeki
tsuyu o mo nukite
tama ni madowase
The maidenflowers
This autumn
Have been fine, indeed—
Strung with dewdrops
As pearls let you be!

His Majesty
21[1]

Right

きみによりのべをはなれしをみなへしおなじこころにあきをとどめよ

kimi ni yori
nobe o hanareshi
ominaeshi
onaji kokoro ni
aki o todomeyo
For My Lord
Have you left your meadows,
O, maidenflower,
Wishing as we,
Autumn—hold here!

Her Majesty, the Empress

22[2]

The flowers of the Right were inferior, but the poems of the Right won.


[1] Shinsen man’yōshū 528

[2] Shinsen man’yōshū 548

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 9

Left

あきのののつゆにおかるるをみなへしはらふひとなみぬれつつやふる

aki no no no
tsuyu ni okaruru
ominaeshi
harau hito nami
nuretsutsu ya furu
In the autumn meadows
Dripped with dewdrops are
The maidenflowers—
With no one to brush them off
Will they ever be so drenched?

Okikaze
17[1]

Right

あだなりとなにぞたちぬるをみなへしなぞあきののにおひそめにけむ

adanari to
na ni zo tachinuru
ominaeshi
nazo aki no no ni
oisomenikemu
Faithless is
The reputation attached to
The maidenflower,
So why within the autumn meadows
Has she begun to grow?

18[2]


[1] Gosenshū VI: 275; Kokin rokujō 3689; Okikaze-shū 12

[2] Shinsen man’yōshū 522

Tsurayuki-shū 321

On an old woman wiping her face with chrysanthemum dew on the ninth day of the Ninth Month.

けふまでに我をおもへば菊の上の露は千年の玉にざりける

kyō made ni
ware o omoeba
kiku no ue no
tsuyu wa chitose no
tama nizarikeru
Up until this day
Have you thought of me, so
Upon the chrysanthemums
These dewdrops, thousand year
Jewels do not seem to be.

Ki no Tsurayuki

SIS XX: 1277

In the spring of the year following the early death of Onomiya Palace Minister, the cherry blossoms bloomed profusely, and he composed on the topic of voicing one’s thoughts a little.

桜花にほふものから露けきはこのめも物を思ふなるべし

sakuranbana
niFoFu mono kara
tuyukeki Fa
kono me mo mono wo
omoFunarubesi
Cherry blossoms
Have such a glow, that
Dewdrops fill
My eyes as sadness
Seems to fill my thoughts.

Ōnakatomi no Yoshinobu