How Do I Love Thee?

(1991)

"How Do I Love Thee" is the sixth and final song of Libby Larsen's cycle Sonnets From the Portuguese, which sets the text of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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The audio for "If I Leave All For Thee" and "How Do I Love Thee," provided in the media player to the right, is made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are Anne Jennifer Nash, soprano, and Donna Loewy, piano, and this performance took place at Pepperdine University at SongFest 2010. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

XLIII. "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..."
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


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.


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