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MYS III: 268

A poem composed on an ancient estate by Prince Nagaya.

吾背子我 古家乃里之 明日香庭 乳鳥鳴成 <嬬>待不得而

我が背子が古家の里の明日香には千鳥鳴くなり妻待ちかねて

wa ga seko ga
purupe no sato no
asuka ni pa
tidori nakunari
tuma matikanete
In that dear man’s
Ancient estate home
At Asuka
Plovers are crying,
Impatiently awaiting their mates…

Shūgyokushū 1916

Blossom falls wordlessly from the trees, while the waters flow into the souless pond.

はなも水も心なぎさやいかならむ庭に浪たつはるの木のもと

hana mo mizu mo
kokoro nagisa ya
ikanaramu
niwa ni nami tatsu
haru no ko no moto
Both the blossoms and the waters, too,
Touch the shores of my heart—
Why should that be?
At my estate the breaking waves
Of spring wash the bases of the trees.

Jien

San’i minamoto no hirotsune ason uta’awase 3

A mountain home concealed by haze (霞隔山家)

Left

おぼつかなとなりもみえず成りにけり霞へだつる村雲のさと

obotsukana
tonari mo miezu
narinikeri
kasumi hedatsuru
muragumo no sato
All is hidden!
My neighbours invisible
Have become;
The hazes form a barrier in
This cloud-clustered hamlet…

Kaya no Nuki
5

Right

春霞八重立ちぬれば尋ねゆく道もわかれずくらはしのさと

harugasumi
yae tachinureba
tazuneyuku
michi mo wakarezu
kurahashi no sato
The spring hazes
Arise eightfold, so
Though I go enquire
No one knows the way to
The estate at Kurahashi.

Koretsune
6

SKKS XVII: 1623

When Lord Yoshinobu had gone to Ōharano, he met someone whom it seemed strange to find living in such a mountain retreat; when Yoshinobu asked him how he had come to be there:

世中を背きにとてはこしかどもなを憂きことは大原の里

yo no naka o
somuki ni tote wa
koshikadomo
nao uki koto wa
ōhara no sato
“The mundane world
I will abandon,” I said and
Came here, yet
Still are there many sorrows
In this estate at Ōhara.

Anonymous