I. Sagātha Vagga
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
I. Kindred Sayings with Verses
9. The Forest Suttas
[7.1] THUS HAVE I HEARD:
The venerable Nāgadatta was once staying among the Kosalese in a certain forest-tract.
Now at that time the venerable Nāgadatta went too early to the village and returned in the afternoon.
Then a deva who haunted that forest,
moved by compassion,
desiring his welfare,
and wishing to agitate him,
drew near and addressed him in the verses:
[Into the town] betimes, 0 Nāgadatta,
Thou hiest thee, erst after noon returning,
Too long a time with laymen thou consortest,
[Spending thyself] in pleasure and in sorrow.
And much I fear lest this same Nāgadatta,
So reckless, in society entangled,
May fall into the clutches of the Death-king,
The Ender [of so many hopes and chances].
Then the venerable Nāgadatta, agitated by that deva, was greatly moved.
 We have not met with him elsewhere.
 Divā. Comy.; majjhantike.
 B. gives no comment on this unfamiliar compound, samānasu-khadukkho.