- “How Do I Love Thee?” (1845) was written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861).
- It is probably Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s most popular love poem.
- At the time she was being courted by the English poet, Robert Browning.
- The poem is also titled 'Sonnet XLIII', from Sonnets From the Portuguese, and inspired by her love for Robert Browning.
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 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.
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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