Sunday, October 5, 2008

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

HOW DO I LOVE THEE?
(Sonnet 43 from Sonnet Portuguese)


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 candlelight.
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 love thee better after death.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning

3 comments:

MonMoningning said...

So you fixed this entry already. Last time I couldn't go through the comment section. Anyways, many thanks for posting this poem. It's so ramantic and meaningful. I really enjoy every poem you post. Please add some more!

MonMoningning said...

So you fixed this entry already. Last time I couldn't go through the comment section. Anyways, many thanks for posting this poem. It's so ramantic and meaningful. I really enjoy every poem you post. Please add some more!

Monchet said...

I remember another beautiful poem, ang title yata ay "A Tree A Book". Paki-post naman. Who's the author?