There was once a time when Narihira had got to know a lady in the eastern part of Gojō and visited her regularly. The relationship was secret, so he was unable to enter in through the gate and instead went in and out through a break in the fence. His visits mounted up until the master of the house got to know of it and placed a night-watchman in his path. Although Narihira came, he was unable to meet the lady and returning home, composed this and sent it to her.


Fito sirenu
wa ga kayoFidi no
sekimori Fa
yowi yowi goto ni
uti mo nenanamu
Unknown to all
The path I take;
Oh, that the sentry
On every night
Would swiftly fall asleep.

Ariwara no Narihira

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