Translation © by Guy Laffaille

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.
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Word count: 50

Je vous aimais
Language: French (Français)  after the Russian (Русский) 
Je vous aimais, et peut-être encore cet amour
Dans mon âme ne s'est pas éteint complètement ;
Mais je ne veux pas vous ennuyer plus :
Je ne veux vous attrister en rien.

Je vous aimais silencieusement, sans espoir,
Tourmenté tantôt par la crainte, tantôt par la jalousie :
Je vous aimais si sincèrement, si tendrement,
Que je souhaite que Dieu vous accorde d'être aimée par un autre.


  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to French (Français) copyright © 2013 by Guy Laffaille, (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: 2013-03-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 68