A Faint Thunder Clap

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A faint thunder clap
Ominous, dark, clouded skies
Perhaps rain may come
Drizzling from heavens above
If so, shall you stay with me?

A faint thunder clap
Even if the rain drizzles
Or heaven forbids
I will stay right here sitting
Together with you my love.


なるかみの, すこしとよみて,
A faint clap of thunder,
さしくもり,
Clouded skies,
あめもふらぬか,
Perhaps rain will come.
きみをとどめむ?
If so, will you stay here with me?

なるかみの, すこしとよみて,
A faint clap of thunder,
ふらずとも,
Even if rain comes or not,
わはとどまらむ,
I will stay here,
いもしとどめば。
Together with you.

Man’yōshū vol. 11, verse 2514 – 2513 via the movie Kotonoha no Niwa

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