17 julho 2009
How do we love thee? Let us count the ways.
We love thee to the depth and breadth and height
Our souls can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
We love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
We love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
We love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
We love thee with a passion put to use
In our old griefs, and with our childhood's faith.
We love thee with a love we seemed to lose
With our lost saints, --- We love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all our lives! --- and, if God choose,
We shall but love thee better after death.