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SKS VIII: 254

While she was waiting eagerly for a man who had promised to come, she heard hailstones falling upon the bamboo leaves before her and composed:

竹の葉に霰ふるよはさらさらに獨はぬべき心地こそせね

take no Fa ni
arare Furu yo Fa
sarasara ni
Fitori Fa nubeki
kokoti koso sene
Among the bamboo leaves
The hailstones fall
With such a roar that
To sleep alone, indeed,
Is something I don’t want at all!

Izumi Shikibu
和泉式部

KYS IV: 276

Composed on hailstones in the deep mountains.

はし鷹の白斑に色やまがふらんとがへる山に霰ふるらし

Fasitaka no
siraFu ni iro ya
magaFuran
togaFeru yama ni
arare Fururasi
For a sparrowhawk’s
White-speckled tail the colour
Might be mistaken;
In moult, upon the mountains
Hailstones fall, it seems.

Minister of the Treasury [Ōe no] Masafusa