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Fubokushō XVI: 6665

On winter rain, from a hundred poem sequence on the four seasons, composed in Jōkyū 2 [1220].

都人ちぎりしものをはつ雪に松の葉をしき夕暮の雨

miyakobito
chigirishi mono o
hatsuyuki ni
matsu no ha o shiki
yūgure no ame
Capital folk
Did make a vow:
Upon the first snows
Pine needles spread
By the evening rain.

Lord Ietaka, Junior Second Rank

San’i minamoto no hirotsune ason uta’awase 1

Pine seedlings on the Day of the Rat (子日小松)

Left

ねの日する松の葉ごとにかぞふれば猶ぞつきせぬきみが千とせは

ne no hi suru
matsu no ha goto ni
kazoureba
nao zo tsukisenu
kimi ga chitose wa
On this Day of the Rat
Every single pine needle
I count, but
Still the number would not exhaust
The millennia of my Lord…

A Court Lady
1

Right

はるかなる君がよはひにくらべむと子日の松をけふは引くかな

harukanaru
kimi ga yowai ni
kurabemu to
ne no hi no matsu o
kyō wa hiku kana
Distant is
My Lord’s age:
To what might it compare? Why
The Rat Day pines that
We pick today!

A Court Lady
2

GSS XVII: 1241

When he had gone to the province of Michinoku as its governor, he saw a withered pine tree at Takekuma, and had a sapling planted to replace it; after finishing his posting, he returned to the same province later, and saw the pine he had planted once more.

栽し時契やし剣武隈の松をふたたび逢ひ見つる哉

uesi toki
tigiri ya si ken
takekuma no
matu wo Futatabi
aFimituru kana
When I planted you
Did I make a vow, perhaps?
That Takekuma’s
Pine once more
I would encounter!

Fujiwara no Motoyoshi
藤原元善

MYS VI: 990

A poem on a pine tree in Shigeoka in Atomi, by Ki no Shikahito

茂岡に神さび立ちて栄えたる千代松の木の年の知らなく

sigewoka ni
kamusabi tatite
sakaetaru
tiyo matu no ki no
tosi no siranaku
In Shigeoka
Divinely stands
Flourishing
A pine for a thousand generations
All unknowing of the passing years.

Ki no Shikahito
紀鹿人

Akamatsu

Love IX: 7

Left (Tie)
昔聞く君が手馴れの琴ならば夢に知られて音をも立てまし

mukashi kiku
kimi ga tenare no
koto naraba
yume ni shirarete
ne o mo tatemashi
Long ago, I heard
Your favourite
Zither play – if that were me, then
In your dreams I would be known, and
Make a sound most sweet within your sleep…

Lord Sada’ie
1093

Right
わぎも子が心のひかぬ琴の音は我まつにこそ通はざりけれ

wagimoko ga
kokoro no hikanu
koto no ne wa
wa ga matsu ni koso
kayowazarikere
My darling’s
Heartstrings are not tugged
By my zither’s strains, so
Though I pine for her
‘Tis of no use at all…

The Supernumerary Master of the Empress’ Household Office
1094

The Right state: the Left’s poem gives the impression of being based on something – but what? The Left state: the Right’s poem has no faults to mention.

In judgement: there is nothing unusual about the Left’s poem. It simply seems to be in the conception of the Man’yōshū poem where, ‘a Japanese zither made from the wood of the parasol tree transforms into a maiden in a dream, and says “When will / The day come that / I shall sing / Making his lap / My pillow?”’ I also have the feeling that it is alluding to the subsequent poem, however. So, it is certainly not the case that it is not based on anything. The Right’s poem has ‘heartstrings are not tugged’ (kokoro no hikanu) and then the metaphorical ‘though I pine for her’ (wa ga matsu ni koso), so is certainly not lacking in conception either. They are equivalent and tie.