sources of poems in

The Tale of Murasaki

D    Murasaki's Diary (Murasaki Shikibu Nikki)

C    Murasaki's Collected Poems (Murasaki Shikibu-shû)

A    Appendix (to the collected poems)

G    The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari)

M    Midaregami ("Tangled Hair," Akiko Yosano, early 20th

       century)

TC   Tales of China (Kara Monogatari)

IS    Poems of Izumi Shikibu (Izumi Shikibu-shû)

*     other Heian-era source

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Tare ka yo

As life flows

                

Meguriaite

Chancing to meet


Nakiyowaru

As the song


Nishi no umi

Fretting


Nishi e yuku

Westward


Oborozukiyo

When the hazy


Uki mi yo

If I were


Tsuyu fukaku

Deep in the


Katako's Letter                          



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Night of



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Arashi fuku

Raging in

                

Momijiba wo

Scarlet leaves


Nakiyowaru

As the song


Obotsukana

Uncertain if


Izure zo to

Where did it


Tsuyu shigeki

You come asking


Shimo kôri

Frosted stiffly


Yukazu tomo

Though it flows not


Night of                          



Night of                                            



Morning Glory



Morning Glory



Chifuru



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Ruri

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Hototogisu koe

Hototogisu, as I

                

Haraedo no

Hallowed paper


Kita e yuku

Write to me


Yukimeguri

All who wend


Kakikumori

The clouds pile


Mio no umi ni

On the lake


Shirinuramu

Those who porter


Koko ni kaku

As I sit here


Furusato ni

If it were


Cuckoo                          



New Year                                            



New Year



Travel



Travel



Travel



Travel



Bright Country



Bright Country

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Mashi no nao

Let’s call


Na ni takaki

Since getting


Isogakure

In the cove


Kokoro ate ni

I would guess


Tojitarishi

Long frozen


Kochikaze ni

Since it only


Iitaeba

You say “no more”


Takekarenu

I am not stalwart


Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



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Oshioyama

If today

                

Kurokami no

Black hair


Asamashi ya

Is it so


Naniwagata

If only I could


Mizuumi ni

The plover cries


Yomo no umi ni

By the wide


Kurenai no

Blood-red tears


Hatsukari wa

First wild geese


Bright Country



Bright Country



Tales of China



Exile



Clear Day



Clear Day



Clear Day



Clear Day

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Naozari no

I hardly think


Naki hito no

He acts as if


Kotowari ya

I beg to differ


Mine samumi

The waters of


Orite miba

Now that you


Momo to iu

With the splendid


Hana to iwaba

Neither the cherry


Itaru yo no

Lost in the


Heart Piercing                     



Exorcism                                            



Exorcism



Exorcism



Northern



Northern



Northern



Northern

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Wasururu wa

To be forgotten


Taga sato mo

He will come


Kejikakute

To become close


Hedateji to

You say “let


Uchishinobi

The remains


Shinonome no

The pink clouds


Oukata ni

To cross the


Ama no kawa

The meeting of


Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing



Heart Piercing

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Saoshika no

The hagi loves


Izukata no

I yearn to ask


Kumo no ue mo

Spring brings


Nani ka kono

How can it be


Yuugiri ni

The mandarin


Chiru hana wo

When he lamented


Mishi nito no

Since that evening


Yo no tomo

Since the beginning


Northern                         



Northern                                            



Chifuru



Ink Black



Ink Black



Ink Black



Ink Black



Ink Black

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Kaerite wa

As they retreat


Taga sato no

What village


Tomo chidori

Dawn breaks


Miru hodo zo

For that brief


Orikara wo

There was a time


Oozara wo

Wizard who


Kienu ma no

I know, I know


Wakatake no

Although I can


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Ink Black



Ink Black



Kerria



Mottled



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Kakitaete

The hagi loves


Kazu naranu

Fate in unmoved


Kokoro dani

Is there a fate


Mi no usa wa

I became entranced


Kuraki yori

Out of darkness


Uki koto wo

Distressed by


Tsurezure to

The days drag


Tojitarishi

Frozen behind


Mottled                    



Above Clouds                                            



Above Cloud



Above Cloud



Out of Dark



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Miyamabe no

When the breeze


Warinashi ya

Unbelievable


Shinobitsuru

Lest they be


Kyô wa kaku

Hidden away


Sukimono to

It has the reputation


Hito ni mada

How can anyone


Ominaeshi

When I behold


Shiratsuyu wa

The glistening



Pent-up                     



Pent-up                                            



Pent-up



Pent-up



Pent-up



Pent-up



Maidenflower



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Miyoshino wa

Even Mt. Yoshino


Mumoregi no

You plum blossoms


Inishie no

The double petalled


Kokonoe ni

We follow the


Kamiyo ni wa

Was it thus


Ama no to mo

The door of heaven


Maki no to mo

My wooden door


Tae nari ya

How miraculously


Grass Under                     



Grass Under                                            



Gathering



Gathering



Gathering



Gathering



Gathering



Moorhen

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Kagaribi no

The steady flares


Sumeru ike no

The brilliant flares


Kage mite mo

I look for my


Hitori ite

Are you alone


Nabete yo no

In this world


Nanigoto to

No matter what


Yomosugara

All night long


Tada naraji

The moorhen tapped



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Moorhen



Moorhen



Moorhen



Moorhen



Moorhen



Moorhen

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Kiku no tsuyu

I have only


Mezurashiki

Wondrously


Kumori naki

Cloudlessly


Ominaeshi

Should I tarry


Mizutori wo

How can I


Kumo ma naku

I gaze at


Kotowari no

In this season


Irukata wa

The bright moon


Birth of                     



Full of Moonlight                                            



Full of Moonlight



Waterbirds



Waterbirds



Waterbirds



Waterbirds



Ten Thousand

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Sashite yuku

As the moon


Ika ni ikaga

On the fiftieth


Ashitazu no

Had we the


Ukine seshi

We were like


Uchiharau

A lonely duck


Okarishi

Among the


Toshi kurete

The year draws


Aratamete

Freshly new



Ten Thousand                     



Our Little                                           



Our Little



Floating



Floating



Gosechi



The Close



The Close

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Tazuki naki

The sumo match


Idomu hito

There are many


Hanasusuki

Nestled in the


Ori ori ni

She used to spin


Shimogare no

The spider broods


Ne no hi

On the day


Oukata no

Think of me


Mezurashi to

If you truly


The Spider                     



The Spider                                            



The Spider



The Spider



The Spider



The Small Pines



The Virgin



The Virgin

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Saraba kimi

Well then,


Koiwabite

I live each


Fureba kaku

thus it falls


Arishi yo wa

The way things were


Kumo no ue

You remember


Izuku to mo

Which way


Kokorozashi

It moves me


Okuyama no

More fragile



The Virgin                   



The Virgin                                           



The Virgin



Uji



Uji



Uji



Uji



Uji

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Kureru ma no

My own life


Tare ka yo ni

As life flows


Naki hito wo

For how long


Yuki tsumoru

The snow piles


Yo no naka wo

Why do we suffer


Ware kakute

That I still


Mi wo nageshi

Though I flung


Kakiho are

The rough hedge


Uji                   



Uji                                            



Uji



Katako



Katako



Lightning



Lightning



Lightning

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