GSIS XIX: 1142

Once, when she was on her way to Ishiyama, she stopped to rest at a place called Yamashina; the master of the house there was interested in her and so suggested that she might stop there again on her way back. She composed this to say she would do nothing of the sort.


kaFeru sa wo
mati kokoromiyo
kaku nagara
yomo tada nite Fa
yamasina no sato
For my journey home
I’ll be waiting-see if that’s the truth!
Were it so,
Surely like this
We would not remain, in your house in Yamashina!

Izumi Shikibu

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