How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)

As I look over the many wonderful readings and thoughts on our blog, I see somehow we have not included this classic. Each time I read this piece or hear it used during the celebration of a wedding, I deeply feel the intimacy of each line, and the connection  warmth, and passion, between two lovers. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) has made the answer to this simple, yet so profoundly moving question a classic.  However, have you ever written out the answer to THE question yourself? Here is a suggestion for a warm and intimate date night with your partner: write out the answer to the question: “How Do I Love Thee?”  I am sure you will joyfully celebrate the answer seeing the beautiful depth and intimacy you share. Enjoy the celebration of your love.

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)

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 every day’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 the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


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Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
Wedding Celebrants, Ceremony Writers and Consultants

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