How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways :
  1. 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.
  2. I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
  3. I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
  4. I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
  5. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
  6. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints.
  7. I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life;
  8. and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
    (By Elizabeth Barrett Browning)