("How do I love thee? Let me count the ways") from Sonnets from the Portuguese
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)


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1   How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 
2   I love thee to the depth and breadth and height 
3   My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight 
4   For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. 
5   I love thee to the level of everyday's 
6   Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. 
7   I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; 
8   I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. 
9   I love thee with the passion put to use 
10   In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. 
11   I love thee with a love I seemed to lose 
12   With my lost saints,---I love thee with the breath, 
13   Smiles, tears, of all my life!---and, if God choose, 
14   I shall but love thee better after death.