Happy Valentine’s Day

XLIII
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 candlelight.
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.

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sonnets from the Portuguese

Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

O, no! it is an ever-fixèd mark,

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wand’ring bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle’s compass come;

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom:

If this be error and upon me proved,

I never writ, nor no man ever loved.


-William Shakespeare


The first is from the book I received on the first Valentine’s Day after our wedding. Shakespeare’s Sonnets was a gift on our tenth Valentine’s Day together.
A pair of romantic fools, through and through.
Oh, it’s grand!


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10 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day

  1. You sound love-sick. You know the remedy for that don't you? Chocolate!! Preferably of the expensive type that come in large boxes decorated with pink bows 🙂

  2. Not that it's a terrible malady to have, Elle, but if chocolate is the cure, bring it on! By the way, look who's pointing fingers about being love-sick. I've not forgotten your anniversary posts, you know. 🙂 Happy Valentine's Day to you and your partner in mushiness!

  3. Beautiful. I've added both to my scrapbook.And Eleanor, never stop being a romantic fool. The world is such a better place for people like us. lol!Happy Hugging

  4. Eleanor, these are truly the BEST of all Valentines. I have spent the morning reading blogs and this was such a special treat to read. Thank you for posting those 'candy hearts'.

  5. I'm only pointing the finger out of relief that I'm not the only one *grin*I hope you had a special day together – and if not today then the weekend. Any excuse for some serious smooches, is what I say!

  6. Oh, no danger of either of us ever losing the romantic streak, Alexandra. It's there for life, and seems to get wider as the years go by! And yup, the world needs more of us, for sure.

  7. Glad you enjoyed them, Roberta. I liked your Valentine post, too, and agreed with it wholeheartedly. Maybe I'll even get back over there and tell you so in the right place!

  8. Didn't realize these would be so popular when I posted them, Lena. If you're a romantic sop like so many of us, I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of Sonnets from the Portuguese. The one posted here is the most famous, but they're all really lovely poems.

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