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 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, all of my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
How do I love thee?
Elizabeth Barrett Browing (1770-1850)