GSIS XII: 681

Composed the following morning, when someone expected failed to come.

おきながら明しつるかなともねせぬ鴨の上毛の霜ならなくに

okinagara
akasituru kana
tomone senu
kamo no uFage no
simo naranaku ni
I am still awake
And the dawn has come, I see.
I slept not with another!
Faithful as a mated duck; though ‘duck-down
Frost’ was there none!

Izumi Shikibu
和泉式部

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