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Alexander Pushkin April 25, 2010

Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837) was a Russian author of the Romantic era. He is considered to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

Pushkin was first educated by French and Russian tutors at home, his nurse also entertained him with traditional Russian folk tales. In 1811 he entered the Imperial Lyceum in Tsarskoe Selo near St. Petersburg where he studied languages and developed his first appreciation of poetry including that of Lord George Gordon Byron (whom was famous in his lifetime for his personality cult as for his poetry).

I Loved You Once (Я вас любил) 1829

I loved you; even now I may confess,
Some embers of my love their fire retain;
But do not let it cause you more distress,
I do not want to sadden you again.
Hopeless and tonguetied, yet I loved you dearly
With pangs the jealous and the timid know;
So tenderly I loved you, so sincerely,
I pray God grant another love you so.

Я вас любил: любовь еще, 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;
Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно,
Как дай вам Бог любимой быть другим.


Love Letter from Ludwig Van Beethoven April 17, 2010

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Good morning, on July 7
Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us –
I can live only wholly with you or not at all.
Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits –

Yes, unhappily it must be so –
You will be the more contained since you know my fidelity to you. No one else can ever possess my heart – never – never –

Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves.

And yet my life in V[ienna] is now a wretched life –

Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men –

At my age I need a steady, quiet life – can that be so in our connection?

My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day – therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once –

Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together –

Be calm – love me – today – yesterday – what tearful longings for you – you – you – my life – my all – farewell.

Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

ever thine

ever mine

ever ours

– For Carrie and Big (Sex and the City), I always knew they would end up together, can’t wait for the sequel ♥