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Could someone please translate the poem on this print?

nandakore

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I was asked by a WWII veteran if I could please translate this short poem for him, however I'm not advanced enough to read the looseness of the brush strokes here. If any of you can it would be GREATLY appreciated!

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Glenn

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Yeah, that's a tough one. Aside from ろ, a few なs, 要 (maybe?), a 夕, maybe an 哀, a の, and I think some 変体仮名, I'm not getting much.
 

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Thanks for the response! Yeah, that's about all I could pick from it as well. Hrrmmmmmmmm
 

Toritoribe

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Here's what I figured out.

upper-left
志き
たつさ王


center
こころ
なきみに

哀れ
盤し

連介利

lower-right
秋能夕
暮礼
西行


That's a Saigyō's well-known waka 心なき身にもあはれは知られけり鴫立つ沢の秋の夕暮れ [Kokoro naki mi ni mo aware wa shirare keri shigi tatsu sawa no aki no yūgure], and the followings are English translations of the poem I found. The most literal translation is the last one.

While denying his heart,
Even a priest must feel his body know
The depth of a sad beauty:
From a marsh at autumn twilight,
Snipe that rise to wing away.

from Japanese Court Poetry

Thought I was free
Of passions, so this melancholy
Comes as a surprise:
A woodcock shoots up from marsh
Where autumn’s twilight falls.

from Mirror for the Moon: A Selection of Poems by Saigyō translated by William R. LaFleur

Even a person free of passion
would be moved
to sadness:
autumn evening
in a marsh where snipes fly up

from Poems of a Mountain Home translated by Burton Watson
 

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Wow, thank you so much, you have no idea how much this will make his day. I really appreciate you taking the time to help me with this!! Thanks stranger!!! :emoji_bow:
 
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