How Do I Love Thee?

December 15, 2009



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 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.
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Amazon- Sonnets from the Portuguese

Comments (2)

The WheatandTares

September 18, 2016 by The WheatandTares

Since the day I read this in high school, this has always has been one of my favorite poems. Beautiful. … ps. thanks for your recent follow at 🙂


    September 18, 2016 by zahraammar

    Sure! One of my favourites too

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