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SIS XII: 728

When he had just started talking with a woman, difficulties arose and he became unable to visit her; so, he sent this poem.

かゝらでも有にし物を白雪の一日もふればまさる我が戀

kakarade mo
ari ni si mono wo
sirayuki no
Fito Fi mo Fureba
masaru wa ga koFi
If it be so,
Then so be it, I thought once, but
As white snow falling,
With the passing day
My yearning grows ever stronger.

Ariwara no Narihira
有原業平

GSS XIX: 1352

When he was travelling into the Eastlands, the further he went, the more he missed what he had left behind; while crossing a river and watching the waves:

いとゞしく過ぎゆく方の戀しきにうら山しくも歸浪哉

itodosiku
sugiyuku kata no
koFisiki ni
urayamasiku mo
kaFeru nami kana
More and more
All that is behind me
Is what I long for;
How I envy
The returning waves.

Narihira
業平

GSS XVII: 1244

When he had gone to the province of Settsu and started to live in seclusion, feeling frustrated about his personal circumstances.

難波津を今日こそみつの浦ごとにこれやこの世をうみわたる舟

naniFa tu wo
keFu koso mitu no
ura goto ni
kore ya kono yo wo
umiwataru Fune
The port of Naniwa
I have seen today: an imperial port
And on the beach every
One, the world’s
Seas sails (so sad): those boats.

Narihira
業平

GSS XVI: 1125

When he had a particular reason, he entrusted this to the former Grand Minister [Fujiwara no Mototsune (836-891)].

たのまれぬうき世中を歎きつゝ日陰に生ふる身を如何せん

tanomarenu
uki yo no naka wo
nagekitutu
Fikage ni oFuru
mi wo ika ni sen
Without any expectation
In this cruel world
Am I overwhelmed with grief;
In the sunlight grows
Fruit-what am I to do?

Ariwara no Narihira
有原業平