[‘Tis the first snow—]

- 1644-1694

’Tis the first snow—
Just enough to bend
The gladiolus leaves!

 

 

 

                                              —Translation by William George Aston

[An ancient pond!]

An ancient pond!
With a sound from the water
Of the frog as it plunges in.

 

 

                                              —Translation by William George Aston

[A cloud of flowers!]

A cloud of flowers!
Is the bell Uyeno
Or Asakusa?

 

 

 

                                              —Translation by William George Aston

[I come weary,]

I come weary,
In search of an inn—
Ah! These wisteria flowers!

 

 

 

                                              —Translation by William George Aston