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Poem of the Day by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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How Do I Love Thee

* Elizabeth Barrett Browning *

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 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.

NOTE: With Valentine’s Day (and coincidentally, my wedding anniversary) fast approaching, I thought maybe some poems of love would not go amiss.  And of course, when thinking of poems of love, How Do I Love Thee must surely be among the first to come to mind.  Enjoy!
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  1. And it is the anniversary or my engagement! Isn’t that day simply wonderful?! 😀

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