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Yōzei-in uta’awase (Engi jūni-nen natsu) 04

Left

こひこひてただにややまむなつむしのおもひのほかにみをやすててむ

koikoite
tada ni ya yamamu
natsumushi no
omoi no hoka ni
mi o ya sutetemu
So much in love—
Will it ever all be over?
As a firefly
In sudden fires of passion
Should I abandon all restraint?

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A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

Right

たれによりひとつおもひにみをすててことしもなつのむしとなりしぞ

tare ni yori
hitotsu omoi ni
mi o sutete
kotoshi mo natsu no
mushi to narishi zo
For whose sake is it
I burn with singular passion?
Abandoning all restraint
This year, too, a fire
Fly have I become!

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A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

Teiji-in uta’awase 36

Five poems on Summer—not matched.

Left

いづれをかそれともわかむうのはなのさけるかきねをてらすつきかげ

izure o ka
sore tomo wakamu
u no hana no
sakeru kakine o
terasu tsukikage
How is it that
I might distinguish them:
Deutzia flowers
Blooming on a brushwood fence, and
Shining moonlight?

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Right

この夏もかはらざりけりはつこゑは習志の岡になくほととぎす

kono natsu mo
kawarazarikeri
hatsukoe wa
narashi no oka ni
naku hototogisu
This summer, too,
Is no different;
The first song
Upon Narashi Hill is
A calling cuckoo.

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Teiji-in uta’awase 25

Left

さよふけてなどかなくらむほととぎすたびねのやどをかすひとやなき

sayo fukete
nado ka nakuramu
hototogisu
tabine no yado o
kasu hito ya naki
Brief night breaks, so
Why does he cry so?
The cuckoo
A lodging on his journey
Has no one to lend him!

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Right (Win)

なつのいけによるべさだめぬうきくさのみづよりほかにゆくかたもなし

natsu no ike ni
yorube sadamenu
ukikusa no
mizu yori hoka ni
yuku kata mo nashi
Upon the pond in summer
No destination has
The waterweed, so
Other than the water
It has no place to go…

Okikaze
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Teiji-in uta’awase 22

Left (Tie)

やまざとにしるひともがなほととぎすなきぬときかばつげもくるがに

yamazato ni
shiru hito mogana
hototogisu
nakinu to kikaba
tsuge mo kuru gani
At a mountain retreat,
I would I had a friend,
O, cuckoo,
That on hearing your call,
He would tell me so…

Okikaze

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Right

なつきぬとひとしもつげぬわがやどにやまほととぎすはやくなくなり

natsu kinu to
hito shimo tsugenu
wa ga yado ni
yamahototogisu
hayaku nakunari
Summer has come—that
Folk do tell;
At my home
A mountain cuckoo
Gives an early call.

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Teiji-in uta’awase 21

Summer

Five poems on the Fourth Month

Left (Win)

みやまいでてまづはつこゑはほととぎすよぶかくまたむわがやどになけ

miyama idete
mazu hatsukoe wa
hototogisu
yobu kaku matamu
wa ga yado ni nake
Emerging from the mountains deep,
Early, your first call,
Cuckoo—
Where I would be waiting all night long
At my house, o, sing out!

Masakata[i]

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Right

けふよりはなつのころもになりぬれどきるひとさへはかはらざりけり

kyō yori wa
natsu no koromo ni
narinuredo
kiru hito sae wa
kawarazarikeri
From today
Summer garb
We have put on, yet
The folk who wear it
Have not changed at all.

Mitsune
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‘The Right is uninteresting,’ so it lost.


[i] Minamoto no Masakata 源雅固 (dates unknown). A son of Minamoto no Sada’ari 源定有 (dates unknown), one of the sons of Emperor Montoku (827-858; r. 850-858).

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 38

Left

夏の月ひかりをしまず照る時はながるる水にかげろふぞたつ

natsu no tsuki
hikari o shimazu
teru toki wa
nagaruru mizu ni
kagerō zo tatsu
When summer moon’s
Light lightly
Shines
From the running waters
Haze arises!

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Right

琴の音にひびきかよへる松風はしらべても鳴く蝉の声かな

koto no ne ni
hibikikayoeru
matsukaze wa
shirabetemo naku
semi no koe kana
A zither’s strains
Echoing back and forth:
The wind through the pines,
In tune with the cries
In the cicadas’ song!

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[1] Shinshūishū III: 303/Shinsen man’yōshū 73/Kokin rokujō I: 398/Fubokushō IX: 3584

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 36

Left

なつの日のくるるもしらず鳴く蝉をとひもしてしか何ごとかうき

natsu no hi no
kururu mo shirazu
naku semi o
toi mo shiteshika
nani goto ka uki
Of the summer sun’s
Setting unaware are
The singing cicadas:
Had I but asked them of it,
What would they despise?

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Right

あやめ草いくらの五月あひくらむ来る年毎にわかく見ゆらむ

ayamegusa
ikura no satsuki
aikuramu
kuru toshigoto ni
wakaku miyuramu
O, sweet flags!
In how many Fifth Months
Have you come to meet me?
With every turning year
You seem younger to me!

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Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 35

Left

夏の日を天雲しばしかくさなむぬるほどもなく明くる夜にせん

natsu no hi o
amagumo shibashi
kakusanamu
nuru hodo mo naku
akuru yo ni sen
The summer sun is
Briefly by heaven’s clouds
Concealed!
No time to sleep in
The bright night they’ve made!

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Right

郭公なきつる夏の山辺にはくつていださぬ人やすむらむ

hototogisu
nakitsuru natsu no
yamabe ni wa
kutsute idasanu
hito ya sumuramu
A cuckoo
Singing in summer
On the mountainside:
Does a man who will not reveal
The price of shoes live there?

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Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 34

Left

いつの間に花かれにけむながくだにありせば夏のかげとみましを

itsu no ma ni
hana karenikemu
nagaku dani
ariseba natsu no
kage to mimashi o
In an instant
The blossoms seems to wither!
If but longer
They were here, summer’s
Shape I would see in them…

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Right

幾千たび鳴きかへるらむ足引の山ほととぎす声はわすれて

ikuchi tabi
nakikaeruramu
ashihiki no
yamahototogisu
koe wa wasurete
How many thousand times,
Does he return to sing?
The leg-wearying
Mountain cuckoo,
Forgetting his song…

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