Yo mo akeba -Now that dawn has come,
Kitsu ni hamenan -Perhaps the fox will eat,
Kudakake no -Those cursed roosters,
Madaki ni nakite -Crowing in the early morn,
Sena wo yaritsutsu -Chasing you away from me.
*Quoted from The Tales of Ise, about a traveler in the north of Japan who spends one night with a country girl and then leaves her.*
That poem was inspired by the casual love of a traveler, but now is the moment of seperation with a departing husband. if the cocks do not crow the sky will not grow light; if the dawn does not come, no one will waken. Oh, hateful crowing of the cock! For us only are there no nights of meeting-between us stands an unyielding barrier. even the moon at dawn brings only sorrow.
As she murmurd these words, about to leave, there was a cough outside the door and a faint rapping on the door. "The cocks have crowed, are you not awake yet?" It was his servant who called him. Shino hastily answered and the man withdrew to the kitchen. "Quickly, before he returns!" Shino said, pushing her out. Hamaji, her eyelids swollen from weeping, looked back from the darkness where she stood, but her eyes were to misted with tears for her to see him. She leant against the wall a moment, and then went to weep in her room.
Sadder even than parting at death is parting in life, than which is nothing sadder. Ah, rare indeed is this maiden! Yet has she to share a bedquilt with her husband, yet to range his pillow by his and sleep with entwined arms. Their love was more admirable than that of a centurary of ordinary husbands and wives. Shino, though drawn by love, maintains the proper seperation between men and women. Those who wander in the maze of passions show insuficient wisdom and a lack of discremination. Few of all the many young people who have once approached the brink have escaped being drowned. But here we have a case of a righteous husband and a chaste wife. Hamaji's love was not one of pleasures and lust. Shino's sighs were of sorrow, and not of weakness. Hamaji's love is still to be sought; men like Shino are rarer than ever.