How Do I Love Thee?


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
my soul can reach when, feeling out of sight
for the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need by both sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love that I seem to lose
with my lost saints — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall love thee better after death.

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Posted on February 14, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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