HOW DO I LOVE YOU

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;
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 seem 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.
#elizerberth barret

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