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Shiki koi sanshu uta’awase – Spring

Spring

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春のたつ霞の衣うらもなく年を経てこそ花の散りけれ

haru no tatsu
kasumi no koromo
ura mo naku
toshi o hete koso
hana no chirikere
Spring does sew
A robe of haze
Without an underlay,
The year passes by in
A scattering of blossom

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春の野の雪間をわけていつしかと君がためとぞ若菜摘みつる

haru no no no
yuki ma o wakete
itsushika to
kimi ga tame to zo
wakana tsumitsuru
Across the springtime meadows
Do I forge between the snows,
Eagerly, so eagerly,
For you, my Lord,
Have I gathered fresh herbs!

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春霞かすみこめたる山里はこほりとくともかげはみえじを

harugasumi
kasumi kometaru
yamazato wa
kōri toku tomo
kage wa mieji o
The haze of spring
Blurs all around
A mountain retreat,
Even were the ice to melt
I could see no sign of it!

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梅枝にきゐる鶯年毎に花の匂ひをあかぬ声する

ume eda ni
ki’iru uguisu
toshigoto ni
hana no nioi o
akanu koesuru
Upon the plum tree’s branches
Has come to rest the warbler;
Every single year, that
Of the blossoms’ scent
He cannot get his fill he sings.

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桜色に花さく雨はふりぬとも千しほぞそめてうつろふなそで

sakurabana ni
hana saku ame wa
furinu tomo
chishio zo somete
utsurou na sode
The cherry blossoms
Flower forth, as the rain
Falls on, yet
Dyed a thousand times
Fade not, o, my sleeves!

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青柳のいとはるばると緑なる行末までも思ひこそやれ

aoyagi no
ito harubaru to
midori naru
yukusue made mo
omoi koso yare
The willow’s
Branches dangle lengthily
So green
Right to the very end
Will I fondly think of you.

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SKKS VI: 704

Composed on the conception of the evening of the year by the sea, at the residence of the Tsuchimikado Palace Minister.

ゆくとしをゝじまのあまのぬれ衣かさねて袖になみやかくらん

yuku toshi o
ojima no ama no
nuregoromo
kasnete sode ni
nami ya kakuran
The parting year covers me with
Regret, as at Ojima the fisherfolk’s
Drenched robes are
Laid atop each other, with sleeves
Still washed by waves, it seems…

Fujiwara no Ari’ie

SKKS VI: 702

At the evening of the year, when she was lamenting that she had grown old.

かぞふればとしののこりもなかりけり老いぬるばかりかなしきはなし

kazoureba
toshi no nokori mo
nakarikeri
oinuru bakari
kanashiki wa nashi
I count the days, but
Remnants of this year
Are none;
My age, simply brings
Nothing but sadness.

Izumi Shikibu

SKKS VI: 693

Composed on the evening of the year.

へだて行くよよの面かげかきくらし雪にふりぬるとしの暮かな

hedateyuku
yo yo no omokage
kakikurashi
yuki ni furinuru
toshi no kure kana
Disappearing into the distance
Are the shapes of times gone by,
Darkness descending with
The falling snow—my age
At the evening of the year.

The Daughter of Master of the Dowager Empress Household Office Toshinari

Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 8

あまのはらやどかす人のなければやあきくるかりのねをばなくらん[1]

ama no hara
yado kasu hito no
nakereba ya
aki kuru kari no
ne o ba nakuran
Upon the plain of Heaven
To lend them lodging
Is there no one? For
The geese coming in the autumn
Seem to cry so plaintively.

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としごとにあきくることのうれしきはかりにつけてもきみやとふとぞ

toshi goto ni
aki kuru koto no
ureshiki wa
kari ni tsukete mo
kimi ya tou to zo
Every year
Autumn’s arrival brings
Happiness;
Is it the geese?—
That I will ask you, I think!

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[1] This poem was included in Shokugosenshū (310/301), where it is attributed to Mibu no Tadamine.

Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 6

時雨降る秋の山辺をゆくときは心にもあらぬ袖ぞひちける

shigure furu
aki no yamabe o
yuku toki wa
kokoro ni mo aranu
sode zo hichikeru
Drizzle falls
In autumn on the mountain meadows;
And when I travel there
Not my heart, but
My sleeves are truly drenched.

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年ごとにいかなる露のおけばかも秋の山辺の色濃かるらむ

toshi goto ni
ikanaru tsuyu no
okeba kamo
aki no yamabe no
iro kokaruramu
Every single year
However many dewdrops
May fall
The autumn mountain meadows
Turn to richer hues, it seems.

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