May 22, 2012

Quote Garden - 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 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 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.

How do I love thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


  1. One of my favorite poems :) I even asked one of my students a few years ago to recite it during an English show...and you reminded me of a sonnet recited by Ralph Fiennes (mysterious is my mind)

    1. Ohhh ... you know, Ralph could recite the telephone book and I'd be smitten!