Archive for July 21st, 2018

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Hill-Dwelling Cuckoo by Mibu no Tadamine

Hill-dwelling cuckoo
pouring forth his ceaseless song:
perhaps he thinks them
too short — summer nights ending
the moment they have begun.

From: McCullough, Helen Craig (ed. and transl.), Kokin Wakashū: The First Imperial Anthology of Japanese Poetry, 1985, Stanford University Press: Stanford, California, p. 44.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=h8PjRkVxrrgC)

Date: c895 (original in Japanese); 1985 (translation in English)

By: Mibu no Tadamine (fl. 898-920)

Translated by: Helen Craig McCullough (1918-1998)

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