「浮舟（A Boat upon the Water）」の和歌
|Our seedling pine has not known many years.
I see for it, withal, a pine's long life.
|The promise is made for all the ages to come,
But in these our lives we cannot be sure of the morrow.
|Were life alone uncertain of the morrow,
Then might we count upon the heart of a man.
|What shall I do? These tears run on ahead
And plunge the road I must go into utter darkness.
|So narrow my sleeves, they cannot take my tears.
How then shall I make bold to keep you with me?
|No need to grieve. The Uji bridge stands firm.
They too stand firm, the promises I have made you.
|The bridge has gaps, one crosses gingerly.
Can one be sure it will not rot away?
|A thousand years may pass, it will not waver,
This vow I make in the lee of the Islet of Oranges.
|The colors remain, here on the Islet of Oranges.
But where go I, a boat upon the waters?
|I pushed through snowy peaks, past icy shores,
Dauntless all the way-O daunting one!
|The snow that blows to the shore remains there,
Yet worse my fate: I am caught, dissolve in midair.
|I gaze your way in search of the clouds above you.
I see but darkness, so dreary these days of rain.
|The long, dark rains go on, one's heart is dark.
Will it be so in yon village of rising waters?
|'Gloom' is the name of Uji in Yamashiro.
It speaks of the lives of us who dwell in its compass.
|I wish to be as the cloud that darkens the peak.
Better so than aimlessly drifting through life.
|The tedious days of rain, incessant rain,
They speak to me of me. Yet wetter my sleeves.
|It yet stands firm, the pine-clad mount of Sue,
Thought I. And even then the waves engulfed it!
|I weep, I go―to lose myself!―where soar
No mountains but know the white of clinging clouds.
|If in torment I cast myself away.
My sullied name will drift on after me.
|Should I leave no trace behind in this gloomy
What target then would you have for your complaints?
|We shall think of meeting in another world
And not confuse ourselves with dreams of this.
|Join my sobs to the fading toll of the bell,
To let her know that the end of my life has come.