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(6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861 / Durham / England)

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Sonnet 43 - How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

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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 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.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003


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  • Liliana ~el (2/14/2014 7:45:00 PM)

    Beautiful
    True love, depth, passion
    Touching

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  • Paul Reed (2/14/2014 4:19:00 AM)

    An unconditional declaration of love

  • Sandra Feldman (2/14/2014 12:19:00 AM)

    By far a love masterpiece of all Times and for all Times.
    Time cannot wither this immortal poem

  • Sandra Feldman (2/14/2013 1:40:00 AM)

    NO GREATER LOVE POEM WAS EVER WRITTEN, EVER

  • Ravindra Kumar (2/14/2013 1:39:00 AM)

    Praiseworthy piece of work. An expression of keen loving nature of a beloved is shown with quite justification humour.

  • Paul Brookes (2/14/2012 1:42:00 PM)

    Perfection....................................

  • Carlos Echeverria (2/14/2012 10:41:00 AM)

    A great poem in countless ways.

  • Sara Fielder (2/14/2012 5:27:00 AM)

    Being able to express such depth of love is unique. I pray it followed her into eternity.

  • Manonton Dalan (2/14/2012 3:37:00 AM)

    i hope most of us can still say those
    words like we really mean it. happy
    valentines day, please enjoy,

  • Ninja Soul (2/14/2012 2:03:00 AM)

    Beautiful write....Just simply beautiful.

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