Thursday, February 12, 2015

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

The Brownings, Elizabeth and Robert.

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 - 1861


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 every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
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 I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
 
 From the Poetry Foundation, a brief biography:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

1806–1861
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/elizabeth-barrett-browning 

 
 

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