Love Poems in English

by Russian poets

  1. All’s finished: you and I are fractured
  2. Beauty
  3. Elegy
  4. I loved you and this love by chance...
  5. I loved you... (ver. 2)
  6. I will be silenced soon...
  7. Lisa is afraid to love
  8. Muse
  9. On hills of Georgia lies the covering of night
  10. On the hills of Georgia lies the darkness of the night (Ver. 2)
  11. She
  12. The Maiden
  13. Thou and You
  14. To *** (I still recall that wondrous moment...)
  15. To Lily
  16. To Natasha
  17. When in the heat (ver. 2)

Thou and You

She substituted, by a chance,
For empty "you" -- the gentle "thou";
And all my happy dreams, at once,
In loving heart again resound.
In bliss and silence do I stay,
Unable to maintain my role:
"Oh, how sweet you are!" I say --
"How I love thee!" says my soul.
Alexander Pushkin
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Muse

In my youth's years, she loved me, I am sure.
The flute of seven pipes she gave in my tenure
And harked to me with smile -- without speed,
Along the ringing holes of the reed,
I got to play with my non-artful fingers
The peaceful songs of Phrygian village singers,
And the important hymns, that gods to mortals bade.
>From morn till night in oaks' silent shade
I diligently harked to the mysterious virgin;
Rewarding me, by chance, for any good decision,
And taking locks aside of the enchanting face,
She sometimes took from me the flute, such commonplace.
The reed became alive in consecrated breathing
And filled the heart with holiness unceasing.
Alexander Pushkin
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The Maiden

I always said to you: beware the maiden dear!
I knew she lures hearts with strengths she can’t forebear.
Oh, my presumptuous friend! I knew that in her shade
Impossible to seek another pretty maid.
And, having lost his hope, forgot of treason’s pleasures,
In her vicinity a thoughtful youngster blazes,
Pets of great gods and captains of fate’s fleets
Bring their love prayers to her charming feet;
But all their ardency is scorned by the girl proud –
Which, cast down her glance, not sees nor hears around.
Alexander Pushkin
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Elegy

From the elation of the years that faded,

As though from drinking, I feel wearied, jaded.

But still, the sorrow of lost years—like wine,

Grows only stronger in my soul with time.

My road is gloomy. Only work and sorrow

Are promised by the raging seas of morrow.

But, o my friends, I do not want to leave!

I want to be alive, to think and grieve;

And I predict, that I will find some pleasure

Amidst anxiety, amidst the stress and pressure.

Some day, perhaps, I’ll find my harmony,

And only lukewarm tears will comfort me,

And love will flash her smile once again

In farewell to illumine my descent.
Alexander Pushkin
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I loved you... (ver. 2)

I loved you: and perhaps this flame

Has not gone out completely in my soul;

No longer shall it ever cause you pain;

I do not want to sadden you at all.

I loved you frantically, without reserve,

At times too jealous, and at times too shy,

I pray to God you get what you deserve -

Another man with love as true as mine.
Alexander Pushkin
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To *** (I still recall that wondrous moment...)

I still recall the wondrous moment:

When you appeared before my sight

As though a brief and fleeting omen,

Pure phantom in enchanting light.

In sorrow, when I felt unwell,

Caught in the bustle, in a daze,

I fell under your voice’s spell

And dreamt the features of your face.

Years passed and gales had dispelled

My former hopes, and in those days,

I lost your voice’s sacred spell,

The holy features of your face.

Detained in darkness, isolation,

My days began to drag in strife.

Without faith and inspiration,

Without tears, and love and life.

My soul attained its waking moment:

You re-appeared before my sight,

As though a brief and fleeting omen,

Pure phantom in enchanting light.

And now, my heart, with fascination,

Beats rapidly and finds revived

Devout faith and inspiration,

And tender tears and love and life.
Alexander Pushkin
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All’s finished: you and I are fractured

All’s finished: you and I are fractured.

I sang my songs of sorrow line by line

As I embraced your knees the final time.

All’s finished now – I heeded your reaction.

It’s done. I won’t deceive myself again.

I won’t pursue you, full of grief and woe.

Perhaps, one day, I’ll learn to let you go.

It’s clear that love was made for other men.

You’re still so young: Your soul is beautiful

And many men will love you after me.
Alexander Pushkin
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Lisa is afraid to love

Lisa is afraid to love.

Nonsense, -- that is not her manner!

Careful – what if it’s a bluff

And perhaps this new Diana

Has repressed her passion’s call—

And with shameful, glowing eyes

Walks among us in disguise,

Looking just for whom to fall.
Alexander Pushkin
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I will be silenced soon...

I will be silenced soon!... If on the tragic day,

The strings would pensively begin to play;

If adolescents, sitting quietly, immersed,

Began to marvel at my passion’s madness;

If only you, surrendering to sadness,

In silence mumbled melancholy verse

And loved the way my ardent heart had flamed...

If I’m still loved... allow me, my dear friend,

To re-awake the lyre with my hand

And make it ring out with my lover’s name!...

The day I find eternal rest, you’ll pause

Over my grave and say with trepidation:

“I used to loved him, and with that I caused

His songs and love, - his final inspiration.
Alexander Pushkin
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To Lily

Lily, Lily! I am sighing

With despair and hopeless woe.

I am tortured, I am dying,

And my soul has lost its glow,

But my love evoked no pity:

You consider me pathetic.

Keep on laughing: you are pretty

Even when unsympathetic.
Alexander Pushkin
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