Descended from Russian and Swedish nobility and the great grandson of a black African slave boy, Alexander Pushkin is considered the greatest of Russia’s poets, the crowning glory of the Russian “golden age” of romantic poetry and the father of Russian literature. He died in romantic style as a result of wounds sustained in a duel with a French officer, George-Charles D’Anthés, who was rumored to be having an affair with Pushkin’s wife.
I Loved You; by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
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