How Do I Love Thee?



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 every day's


Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.


I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;


I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.


I love with a 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.



By
Elizabeth Barrett Browning






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