Friday, February 5, 2016

How Do I Love Thee?

Sonnet 43
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 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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Dear Ones,
This is the Sonnet I chose to read to "Mr. Ed" during our Wedding Ceremony.
It is also printed in the front of our Wedding Book.
How Do I Love Thee? holds as true today as it did June 7, 1969.
The heartfelt sentiments are a perfect compliment
to On Crooked Creektt's Entry Hall decor for Valentine's Day.
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Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining

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As you visit the above host and hostesses,
may you come away filled with inspiring ideas
for use within your own home décor.
Please leave a short comment
to let each of them know how much you enjoyed their linky party.


Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

A beautiful sonnet of love and how appropriate for your wedding. Also how very romantic, I'm not a romantic at all...but I love a good love story...which yours was/is.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

your hearts and roses were as beautiful to look at as the sonnet was to read, and your wedding story warmed my heart.

Gina said...

Ahhh, so very pretty, Pat!

Rita C. said...

Pat, that is so touching, and so is the history of the years you've been able to live out that sonnet! Your buttons and lace hearts are divine!

Shelia said...

Beautiful words with lovely snaps! Thank you for the beauty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Such a pretty post!

podso said...

A beautiful post--so nicely illustrated. I need to take a valentine poem to a party tonight, maybe this should be the one!

Patricia Krank said...

Beautiful pictures and words Pat.
Love & hugs,

bj said...

How sweet this is...
have a great weekend...xoxo

Jann Olson said...

Love your beautiful images Pat! I have a similar wood piece that I painted white and display it on a shelf in my craft room. A beautiful poem to recite to your sweetheart!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

How pretty and romantic! Pretty pictures and I love that poem although I think I've only heard part of it used frequently. You must be close to my Dan's age- he graduated in 1967.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

You really are a true romantic my frind! Thanks for posting this as I have never heard the entire poem! I hope you and Mr. Ed have a beautiful Valentine's day!!!!


Beautiful sonnet and your vignette goes with it perfectly.
You be sure to have a very romantic day sweet friend, along with your dearest Mr. Ed.
Happy and blessed Valentine's.

Art and Sand said...

Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

I love all of your hearts, but what I can't take my eyes off are those gorgeous candlesticks.