Tuesday, June 16, 2009

How Do I Love Thee?

By- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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 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 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.


  1. That's a beautiful poem. Every time I read it I love it more than the first time.

  2. Tea- I have always loved this poem. I used to write it in letters to my husband before we were married. Can you imagine?

  3. Oh ... just beautiful ... it never gets old! Thank you for re-introducing it to me!

    Small Footprints

  4. this is my all-time favorite poem. love it!