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Poem by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning


Sonnets from the Portuguese. 43. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways


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. 



Elizabeth Barrett-Browning

Poem Theme: Love

Elizabeth Barrett-Browning's other poems:
  1. Sonnets from the Portuguese. 11. And therefore if to love can be desert
  2. Sonnets from the portuguese. 31. Thou comest! all is said without a word
  3. A Year's Spinning
  4. Sonnets from the Portuguese. 41. I thank all who have loved me in their hearts
  5. Aurora Leigh. Fifth Book


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