'Twas the new moon

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'Twas the new moon...  (1899) 
by Matsuo Basho, translated by William George Aston
Source: W. G. Aston. A History of Japanese Literature, 1899

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“'Twas the new moon!
Since then I waited—
And lo! to-night!
[I have my reward!].”[1]

date unknown, transl. 1899


  1. The original of this haiku is probably the following:

    mikazuki no / koro yori mati si / koyoi kana

    It was attributed by the legend sometimes to Bashō, or Issa, or Sōgi. (Isao Yasuda)

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.