Sanekata Shū 140

When a woman I loved asked, on seeing dew upon the plantings before the Night Attendants’ Offices when I was leaving the Palace, ‘Why didn’t you see it with me?


okite miba
sode nomi nurete
itadura ni
kusaba no tama no
kazu ya masaramu
Had I arisen and gazed,
Soaked, indeed would be my sleeves;
Would there be a point in
The gemlets upon the leaves
Increasing, by so much, their numbers?

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