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Shiki koi sanshu uta’awase – Winter

Winter

Left

冬くれば紅葉ふりしく神無月佐保の山辺はむべもりぬらん

fuyu kureba
momiji furishiku
kaminazuki
saho no yamabe wa
mube morinuran
When the winter comes,
Scarlet leaves, falling and scattering
In the Godless Month,
Upon the slopes of Mount Saho,
Indeed, are at their finest.

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冬ごもりかれてみゆらん梅がえは今はた花の春はにほはん

fuyugomori
karete miyuran
ume ga e wa
ima hata hana no
haru wa niowan
Sealed in winter, and
All withered seeming,
The plum tree’s branches,
Now, for sure, the blossoms’
Spring will scent.

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冬みれば水もまかせぬ小山田にいつすき返し種をまきけん

fuyu mireba
mizu mo makasenu
oyamada ni
itsu sukikaeshi
tane o makiken
‘Tis winter, I see, so
There’s no water to draw for
The little mountain paddies:
O, when might I till them, and
Sow my seeds, I wonder?

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Right

時雨降る宿にすまへば冬の夜に錦とみゆる木木の花かな

shigure furu
yado ni sumaeba
fuyu no yo ni
nishiki to miyuru
kigi no hana kana
Showers fall
Upon the house where I do dwell, so
Upon a winter’s night
As brocade do seem
The blossoming trees!

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ゆふだすき神の社にかけつればしもし降るにもたのもしきかな

yūdasuki
kami no yashiro ni
kaketsureba
shimo shi furu ni mo
tanomashiki kana
Sacred mulberry cords
Around the God’s shrine
Are hung, so
Even amidst the frost fall,
The future does seem bright!

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白雲のふたへふりしくときは山うらはへとしはみどりなりけれ

shiragumo no
futae furishiku
tokiwa yama
ura hae toshi wa
midori narikere
Clouds of white
Lie scattered, twofold, upon
The unchanging mountain:
Stretching out behind, the year
Is simply green.

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Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 26

しらたまのあきのこのはにやどれると見つるは露のはかるなりけり[1]

shiratama no
aki no ko no ha ni
yadoreru to
mitsuru wa tsuyu no
hakaru narikeri
Pearls
Upon the leaves of the autumn trees
Have found lodging:
At the sight, the dewdrops
I’ll measure!

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ゆきかへりここもかしこもかりなれやあきくるごとにねをばなくらん

yukikaeri
koko mo kashiko mo
kari nare ya
aki kuru koto ni
ne oba nakuran
Going back and forth,
Hither and thither
Are the geese?
That autumn’s coming
Is in their cries, it seems.

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[1] This poem was included in Gosenshū (VI: 311).

MYS IV: 773

[One of] five poems sent by Yakamochi, Lord Ōtomo, to the Elder Maiden of Sakanoe.

言問はぬ木すらあぢさゐ諸弟らが練りのむらとに詐かれけり

koto topanu
ki sura adisawi
morotora ga
neri no mura to ni
azamukarekeri
Mute are
Trees, yet even they blossom as hydrangeas do;
Many are the men
By your honeyed words
Deceived, no doubt!

Ōtomo no Yakamochi

KKS XIX: 1004

An ancient-styled poem to supplement a long poem.

君が世に相坂山の岩清水木隠れたりと思ける哉

kimi ga yo ni
aFusakayama no
iFasimidu
kogakuretari to
omoFikeru kana
Your Majesty’s reign
Is welcome so, as on the mount of Meeting Hill,
Spring water from the crags
Is hidden in the trees, thus
I am I sunk in thought!

Mibu no Tadamine

Love VIII: 15

Left (Win)
鳥の音は戀しき人の何なれや逢夜はいとひ逢はぬ夜は待つ

tori no ne wa
koishiki hito no
nani nare ya
auyo wa itoi
awanu yo wa matsu
The cock’s crow:
For my darling,
What might it mean?
Hated on nights we meet, and
Longed for when we do not…

Lord Kanemune
1049

Right
いかにして空とる程もはし鷹のしばしもこひに身を休むらん

ika ni shite
sora toru hodo mo
hashitaka no
shibashi mo koi ni
mi o yasumuran
Why, when
Hunting in the skies, does
The sparrowhawk
Briefly in the trees
Take his ease?

Ietaka
1050

The Gentlemen of the Right state: ‘What might it mean?’ (nani nare ya) fails to match. Ending ‘longed for’ (matsu) is overly definite. The Gentlemen of the Left state: what has hunting in the skies got to do with love?

In judgement: it has been said that ‘cock’s crow’ (tori no ne) and ‘what might it mean’ fail to match. Then there is also ‘definite’ (futsugiri). These are nothing but expressions which I do not know and find difficult to understand. ‘The sparrowhawk hunting in the skies’ (hashitaka no sora toru hodo) and ‘take his ease in the trees’ (koi ni yasumuran) both have only a faint conception of love, and I wonder about alluding to hawking. The Left failing to match, too, may be a term used in coursing for deer. Well, even if the deer do not match, as it has the conception of love, the Left should win.

KYS VIII: 470

Composed when a man who had said she could definitely rely on him to come with the evening, said she would not see him until the 20th of the month.

契りおきし人も梢の木間よりたのめぬ月の影ぞもりくる

tigiri okisi
Fito mo kozuwe no
ko no ma yori
tanomenu tuki no
kage zo morikuru
He promised, but
He does not come, and from the treetops
Through the trees
The fickle moon’s
Light comes dripping.

Horikawa, from the Regent’s Household
摂政家堀川

Minbukyō yukihira uta’awase 4

Left
月夜には手倉の山の時鳥声も隠れぬ物にざりける

tukiyo ni Fa
tekura no yama no
Fototogisu
kowe mo kakurenu
mono ni zarikeru
On a moonlit night
On Tekura Mountain that
The cuckoo
Does conceal his call
Is not true at all…

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Right (Win)
住む里は篠部をの森の時鳥木の下声ぞ標なりける

sumu sato Fa
sinobe no mori no
Fototogisu
ko no sita kowe zo
sirube narikeru
To my dwelling
In Shinobe Forest are
The cuckoo
Calls beneath the trees
A signpost.

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