GSIS XVII: 999

When in Tango province, composed on hearing a stag call in the night after [her husband, Fujiwara no] Yasumasa had said he was going hunting the following day.

ことわりやいかでか鹿の鳴かざらむ今宵ばかりの命とおもへば

kotowari ya
ikade ka sika no
nakazaramu
koyoFi bakari no
inoti to omoFeba
It seems natural.
Why should the stag
Not cry?
For this night is all
His life, he knows.

Izumi Shikibu
和泉式部

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