Elizabeth Melton Parsons

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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 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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Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

8 thoughts on “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

  1. I wrote this poem on my book of poems and aphorisms as a teenager. I handmade the book for that purpose, for poems I enjoyed, made the covers and bound the pages into a book. I lost it along the way, but I still remember this particular one… I wish I still had it, perhaps it’s time to make another one! Who is the artist behind the painting?

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  2. This has been one of my favourite poems since high school! We had to do a critical analysis of it and I remember hating to tear this apart to bits!

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  3. magnifique… and ageless! 🙂

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