So, I composed in reply to her.
ki ni pa aritomo
kimi ga tanare no
koto ni siarubesi
Has a tree, yet
Zither will you certainly be!
The zither maid replied, ‘I thank you for your kind words. I am truly and humbly grateful.’ I swiftly awoke and moved by the words of the maiden in my dream, I could not remain silent, so I entrusted this zither to an official bound your way, that he might deliver it to you.
Sent by messenger on the 7th day of the Tenth Month Tenpyō 1 , to his Most Glorious Excellency of the Inner Palace Guards.