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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.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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A story teller, a writer, and sometimes, a poet.

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