DAWN KRYSTAL WILLIAMS

COMPOSER AND MEZZO-CONTRALTO

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KIJI NO

(Low Voice and Cello)

TEXT AND TRANSLATION

1

 

Kiji no o no

Tasashiku sawaru

Sumire kana

 

The pheasant’s tail lightly brushes a violet

 

– Shushiki (1668-1725)

2

 

No mo yama mo

Yuki ni torarete

Nani mo nashi

 

Snow has captured fields and mountains; nothing remains

 

– Joso (1662-1704)

3

 

Tobu ayuno

Soko ni kumo yuku

Nagare kana

 

Beneath a leaping trout, the clouds are flowing

 

– Onitsura (1661-1738)

4

 

Uguisu ya

Doroashi nuguu

Umenohana

 

The warbler wipes muddy feet on the plum-blossoms

 

– Issa (1762-1826)

5

 

Mijika yo ya

Kemushino ueni

Tsuyunotama

 

A short night; dewdrops are on the hairs of a caterpillar

 

– Buson (1715-1783)

6

 

Kaze ni kite

Tsurara ni sagaru

Kaede kana

 

Red maple leaves, blown here by the wind, are hanging from icicles

 

– Itto (?-?, 18th-19th c.)

7

 

Amagaeru

Basho ni norite

Soyogi keri

 

The little rain frog rides a gently swaying banana tree

 

– Kikaku (1661-1707)

8

 

No no sue no

Kumo ni oto aru

Arare kana

 

The cloud at the far edge of the moor makes sound: hail

 

– Sokyu (1760-1843)

9

 

Mizutori no

Tsutsuki kudaku ya

Nami no tsuki

 

The rapping waterbird distorts the moon on the waves

 

– Zuiryu (?-?, 17th-18th c.)

10

 

Ochizama ni

Mizu koboshi keri

Hana tsubaki

 

Water spills from the cup of the camellia onto the earth

 

– Basho (1644-1694)

– Translations by Dawn K. Williams