Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

(6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837 / Moscow)

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I Loved You


I loved you, and I probably still do,
And for a while the feeling may remain...
But let my love no longer trouble you,
I do not wish to cause you any pain.
I loved you; and the hopelessness I knew,
The jealousy, the shyness - though in vain -
Made up a love so tender and so true
As may God grant you to be loved again.


Translated by Genia Gurarie, 11/10/95

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Edited: Saturday, September 17, 2011

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/17/2014 11:00:00 PM)

    .............only eight lines in this powerful poem.....there was love for someone who didn't love in return..... (Report) Reply

  • inguruwatta dewage chaminda Pushpadewa (10/29/2012 9:45:00 PM)

    mr alexandra pushkin great poet when i was child hood i had be read several him novel although knowing who is greatest poet from poem hunter.com the poem of i loved you who had describe the feel of heart mind and future and around living formality using short phrase giving ti mass definition for love feel. (Report) Reply

  • Invictus Zhai (10/29/2012 9:38:00 PM)

    I loved you once,
    perhaps that love has yet,
    to die down thoroughly within my soul;
    but let it not dismay you any longer,
    I have no wish to cause you any sorrow.

    I loved you wordlessly,
    without a hope,
    by shyness tortured,
    or by jealousy,
    I loved you tenderness and candor,
    and pray God grants you to be loved that way again.

    this is another verson i have seen (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (10/29/2012 9:26:00 PM)

    ...I do not wish to cause you any pain....

    The highest expression of loving other which contradicts the other doctrine regarding love...Painful pleasure. Nice manifesto.......................Pranab k c (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (10/29/2012 1:23:00 PM)

    A love which is not reciprocated can be called true as in I love you truly. But love is only really true when it has been tested in a loving relationship. How many of us have said I love you and then found we did not when the relationship developed? The charm of this poem is in the conditional terms the poet uses when one suspects that the surface indifference he is still in love. (Report) Reply

  • A B (10/29/2012 3:29:00 AM)

    how sweet...v always have sweet wishes to our loved ones no matter we get the love in return or not (Report) Reply

  • Orit Zehavi (1/21/2012 1:33:00 AM)

    so short and so wonderful.

    one of the most beautiful poems i've ever read.
    and it's sounds still more beautiful in russian, of course... (Report) Reply

  • David Coe (1/20/2012 6:12:00 AM)

    How I wish I had written this for Mary B, so apt.Never has a poem pierced my heart like
    this one (Report) Reply

  • nichole mccoy (10/29/2011 1:03:00 PM)

    pretty. this is a gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood poem. i like it! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Mary Lolly Florence Occenola (10/29/2011 7:29:00 AM)

    this poem hit me like a thousand bullets.. only in true love and pain can we fully open our hearts and wish someone the best, amidst the scars they left.. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (10/29/2011 3:12:00 AM)

    Perhaps a message of this kind may cause love to be reconsidered though rejected at first tender! Puskin's poem is something to think about even after a thing was rejected! (Report) Reply

  • Julie Diaz (10/29/2010 12:24:00 PM)

    you have turely captured the emotion of love..even if it means letting go. i loved this very much i see many can relate (Report) Reply

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