How Do I Love Thee?

22 Sep

How do I love thee on thy 30th birthday??

Let me count thy 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 every day’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 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 chooses,

I shall but love thee better after death.

3 Responses to “How Do I Love Thee?”

  1. Nina September 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    Beautiful! Beautiful!

    • ericaaitken September 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

      Thanks : )
      My favourite poem and my favourite person.

  2. Linzi September 23, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    Beautiful Ecky! The last line just grabs my heart. Oh, and I love how you fit perfectly under Mark’s shoulder! You two were made for each other. (Nice pics too!) 😛

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