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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Believe It Not

By Count Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817–1875)

Translation of John Pollen

BELIEVE it not, when in excess of sorrow

I murmur that my love for thee is o’er!

When ebbs the tide, think not the sea’s a traitor,—

He will return and love the land once more.

I still am pining, full of former passion:

To thee again my freedom I’ll restore,

E’en as the waves, with homeward murmur flowing,

Roll back from far to the beloved shore!