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 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 my breadth, smiles, tears of all my life! –
And if God chooses,
I shall but love thee better after Death.
-Elizabeth B.Browning
(Sonnets from the Portugese)
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