Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Я вас любил: любовь ещё, быть может
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Я вас любил: любовь ещё, быть может,
В душе моей угасла не совсем;
Но пусть она вас больше не тревожит:
Я не хочу печалить вас ничем.

Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно,
[То робостью, то ревностью томим]1:
Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно,
Как дай вам Бог любимой быть другим.

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1 Tolstoy: "То ревностью, то страстию томим " ("To revnost'ju, to strastiju tomim")

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Czech (Čeština), a translation possibly by Josef Bohuslav Foerster (1859 - 1951); composed by Josef Bohuslav Foerster.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Zola Essman ; composed by Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork.
  • Also set in Polish (Polski), a translation by Julian Tuwim (1894 - 1953) , no title ; composed by Henryk Czyż.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), [adaptation] ; composed by Aleksandr Lvovich Gurilyov.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I loved you", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi) , "I loved thee", appears in Russian Lyrics, first published 1916
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Je vous aimais", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Ti ho amata", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

Ti ho amata
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the Russian (Русский) 
Ti ho amata: e, forse, ancora questo amore
Nella mia anima del tutto non s'è spento.
Ma non voglio turbarti con parole,
non voglio più che sia per te tormento.
In silenzio t'ho amata, disperatamente,
di gelosia e timidezza preda,
ma tanto sinceramente e teneramente,
che un altro amore come il mio Dio ti conceda.


  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2007 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-02-15
Line count: 8
Word count: 55