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Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 26

しらたまのあきのこのはにやどれると見つるは露のはかるなりけり[1]

shiratama no
aki no ko no ha ni
yadoreru to
mitsuru wa tsuyu no
hakaru narikeri
Pearls
Upon the leaves of the autumn trees
Have found lodging:
At the sight, the dewdrops
I’ll measure!

51

ゆきかへりここもかしこもかりなれやあきくるごとにねをばなくらん

yukikaeri
koko mo kashiko mo
kari nare ya
aki kuru koto ni
ne oba nakuran
Going back and forth,
Hither and thither
Are the geese?
That autumn’s coming
Is in their cries, it seems.

52


[1] This poem was included in Gosenshū (VI: 311).

Love III: 3

Left (Tie).

袖の上にかかる涙の白玉を包まねばこそよそに散るらめ

sode no ue ni
kakaru namida no
shiratama o
tsutsumaneba koso
yoso ni chirurame
To my sleeves
Cling tears
As pearls:
I could not cover them, so
They have scattered far as wide, it seems…

Lord Ari’ie.

725

Right.

よしさらば逢はで重ぬる濡れ衣の恨みに朽る妻もあらなん

yoshi saraba
awade kasanuru
nureginu no
urami ni kutsuru
tsuma mo aranan
I care not if it’s so!
Without meeting, laid atop each other
Our dampened clothes
From despair will decay
At the hem – that is my desire!

Nobusada.

726

The Right state: in the Left’s poem, it sounds as if the tears are being scattered by some other person. The Left state: we cannot understand the Right’s poem at all.

Shunzei’s judgement: the entirety of the final section of the Left’s poem is inappropriate [kashinserarezaru]. While the configuration of the Right is elegant, it does, indeed, seem somewhat difficult to grasp. Compared, the round is a tie.