How Do I Love Thee?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806 (Kelloe) – 1861 (Florence)



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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
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Words 130
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 14

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