Though I grieve, there is no help;
Vainly I long to see her.
Men tell me that my wife is
In the mountains of Hagai-
Thither I go,
Toiling along the stony path;
But it avails me not,
For of my wife, as she lived in this world,
I find not the faintest shadow.

Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

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Original Citation

Man'yōshū. Compiled by Otomo no Yakamochi. c. 759, bk. 2, poem 210-2.

Current Citation

Anonymous. 1000 Poems from the Manyoshu: The Complete Nippon Gakujutsu Shinko Translation, selected and translated by Iwanami Shoten. Dover Publications, 2005, bk. 2, poem 210-2.