February 1, 2011

Tuesday's Prayer

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 of ideal grace.

I love thee to the level of every day's
most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
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 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 God, if thou dost choose
I shall love thee better after death.
-- Elizabeth Browning  (adopted)