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Poem 67 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets


   haru no yo no

yume bakari naru

   tamakura ni

kainaku tatamu

na koso oshikere


   If on this spring night,

insubstantial as a dream,

   I took as my pillow

your arm, I would surely regret

the harm that would befall my name.

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The Annotated Bushido is a companion site of the Jlit website. The complete text of this iconic study of Japanese ethics is provided online, along with extensive notes and careful indications of textual differences between the 1900 and 1905 editions.