Poetry- How do I love thee? Let me count the ways by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

In yesterday’s post I borrowed a line from an Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 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 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
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in London, England, in 1809, and died in Florence, Italy in 1861.
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2 Responses to Poetry- How do I love thee? Let me count the ways by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  1. I have always loved this poem so much — what a pleasure to get to read it again! THANKS, Rosie!!

  2. dearrosie says:

    It’s good to know that someone besides me enjoyed reading it. Thanks for telling me Betty.

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