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.

mime-attachment19

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.

― Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese

Advertisements

11 thoughts on “How do I love thee

  1. You asked for it, so here it is, Perpetua! πŸ˜›

  2. EBB’s sonnets, some of my all time favorite. You sure know how to pick them πŸ™‚

  3. Quite wonderful – and the picture, too. I especially love her “I love thee with the passion put to use in my old griefs…” Love overpowers grief.

    • Aren’t the love-birds gorgeous! My favourite is the last sentence:
      ‘I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.’ πŸ˜€

  4. Ah…. much better. One, two, three… to infinitum. Love ya. πŸ˜›

  5. Amazing!!!! Now that is love.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s