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Yōzei-in uta’awase (Engi jūsan-nen kugatsu kokonoka) 07

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をしとおもふ心ぞふかき天の河ながれて秋のとまるなるらん

oshi to omou
kokoro zo fukaki
ama no kawa
nagarete aki no
tomaru naruran
Feelings of regret
Lie deep upon my heart;
The River of Heaven’s
Flow autumn
Does seem to halt.

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Right

いづくへかあきはゆくらんつのくにのながらへゆくときかばたのまん

izuku e ka
aki wa yukuran
tsu no kuni no
nagara e yuku to
kikaba tanoman
Where might it be that
Autumn does go?
To the land of Tsu,
To Nagara it goes—
If you hear that, then put your trust in it!

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Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 79

Left

白露ぞ霜となりける冬のよはあまの河さへ水こほりけり

shiratsuyu zo
shimo to narikeru
fuyu no yo wa
ama no kawa sae
mizu kōrikeri
Silver dewdrops
Have turned to frost
On this winter’s night
Even the River of Heaven’s
Waters have frozen.

153

Right

冬の海に降りいる雪やそこにゐて春たつ浪の花とさくらん

fuyu no umi ni
furi’iru yuki ya
soko ni ite
haru tatsu nami no
hana to sakuran
Upon the sea in winter,
Falling down, is the snow:
Does it rest upon the bed and
With the waves breaking in springtime
Bloom into blossom?

154

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 61

Winter Poems    Twenty Rounds

Left

かきくもりあられふりしけ白玉をしける庭とも人の見るがに

kakikumori
arare furishike
shiratama o
shikeru niwa to mo
hito no miru gani
Clouds rush in
Dropping scattered hailstones;
Pearl
Strewn, my garden
I would that he would see…

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Right

天の河ふゆは空までこほるらし石間にたぎつ音だにもせず

ama no kawa
fuyu wa sora made
kōrurashi
iwama ni tagitsu
oto dani mo sezu
The River of Heaven in
Winter: the very skies
Seem frozen, with
Between the rocky crags rushing
No sound at all.

120

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 31

Left

なつの夜は水やまされる天の河ながるる月のかげもとどめぬ

natsu no yo wa
mizu ya masareru
ama no kawa
nagaruru tsuki no
kage mo todomenu
On a summer night
Is it that the waters are so fine
Of the River of Heaven?
Drifting, the moon’s
Face, too, tarries not.

61[1]

Right

去年の夏鳴きふるしてし郭公それかあらぬかこゑのかはらぬ

kozo no natsu
nakifurusiteshi
hototogisu
sore ka aranu ka
koe no kawaranu
Last summer
Did you sing as if there’d be no other,
O, cuckoo;
Is it you, or another,
For your song is quite unchanged.

62[2]


[1] A minor variant of this poem, with a headnote identifying it as being from this contest, is included in Shokugosenshū (IV: 214): 夏の夜は水まさればやあまのがはながるる月のかげもとどめぬ natsu no yo wa / mizu masareba ya / ama no kawa / nagaruru tsuki no / kage mo todomenu ‘On a summer night / Perhaps, because the waters are so fine / Of the River of Heaven? / Drifting, the moon’s / Face, too, tarries not.’

[2] Kokinshū III: 159/Shinsen man’yōshū 63

ShGSS IV: 214

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Dowager Empress during the Reign of the Kanpyō Emperor.

夏の夜は水まさればやあまのがはながるる月のかげもとどめぬ

natsu no yo wa
mizu masareba ya
ama no kawa
nagaruru tsuki no
kage mo todomenu
On a summer night
Perhaps, because the waters are so fine
Of the River of Heaven?
Drifting, the moon’s
Face, too, tarries not.

Anonymous

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…

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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.