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 grief's, 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


  • Mixed emotions

    Only god knows how long we would live But keep in mind remember the former things you did with your spous missing Its sad to loose someone BUT god knows he has better things for you

    kAREN 2011-03-09

  • If You Only Knew

    Please read the biography of Elizabeth Barrett. It will make the last line clearer and more meaningful.

    Sandra 2011-01-13

  • Love beyond Death

    It's a deeply powerful finish to this, my favorite love poem. It speaks of a love that will transcend Death, a love that will last through eternity.

    zum 2010-10-27

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