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

Comments (77)

Love taught me so much about myself and how much I could be able to open up to someone i love
Very beautiful. It drew me in so much that I had to pull away. You truly have a gift.
very nice very beatifull meaning...
the poem is over rated it has 11 syllables in the 5th line.
Reflection of true love which is ageless and timeless. Great poem.
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