No.18 Secret Love

A classic poet, the author died aged only 27 years old, yet still is designated as one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals.

Secret Love

Lo! the gathered waves  
  On the shore of Sumi’s bay!  
 E’en in gathered night,  
  When in dreams I go to thee,  
  I must shun the eyes of men.

Ason Toshiyuki

Suminoe no  
  Kishi ni yoru nami  
 Yoru sae ya  
  Yume no kayoiji  
  Hito me yokuran.

Fujiwara no Toshiyuki Ason  

About this poetry

At Salty Dog Digital we’ve decided to gradually republish Clay MacCauley’s translation of Single Songs of a Hundred Poets – a collection of japanese poetry from the seventh through thirteenth centuries. Sixty four of these poems are the rewards in our game fourtex zen.

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