How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the
I love thee to the depth and breadth
and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and
I love thee freely, as men strive for
I love thee purely, as they turn from
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
Smiles, tears, of all my life!-and, if God
I shall but love thee better after death.

by... Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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