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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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