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In Honor of Valentine’s Day, Please Enjoy How Do I Love Thee (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett



My husband isn’t a poet by any means, but he recited How Do I Love Thee (Sonnet 43) to me when we were dating. I knew in that moment I would marry him. We will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary this year. Poetry is powerful.

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) By 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 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 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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