How Do I Love Thee?

I found another treasure!  This time, it is in the form of a book of poetry I gave to Mom in 1984 – for Mother’s Day (or so the inscription reads).  

Flipping through the pages I came across a poem that Mom and Dad used to quote to each other – at least the first few lines – often even through their marriage that I am familiar with the poem.  

Today – a tribute to Bill and Paula and the love they shared.  


How Do I Love Thee? (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 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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7 thoughts on “How Do I Love Thee?

  1. Wow, what an impact these words have now, eh?

  2. Chatter Master

    My Husband proposed to me with this. Lovely. 🙂

    • How very cool – only I confused you with Penny and told her how lucky she was that her hubby knew about Elizabeth Browning. Grin. oops.

      • Chatter Master

        Hahahaha! 🙂 I am lucky, now Penny knows it too. I love your parents moments.

  3. Pingback: The 10 Best First Lines in Poems | poemattic

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