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 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.
May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
A loving doe, a graceful deer—
may her breasts satisfy you always,
may you ever be captivated by her love.
Guess How much I love you?
"I love you right up to the moon and back."
(from the the story about Little and Big Nutbrown Hares' efforts to express their love for each other
by Sam McBratney)
On September 3 1966 I married the most beautiful woman in the world. –My love for her was more than can be expressed by the poetic phrasing of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, or the erotic truths of the Proverbs or the childlike grasping for words of the Nut Brown Hares.
Forty years later I have discovered that I didn’t then know what beauty really was—her beauty has grown with each year, each tear, each laugh, each child, each pain, each hug and each time she has forgiven me. (and that’s been a lot of times)
Forty years later I have discovered that I didn’t know then what love really was. My love for her has grown with each year, each tear, each laugh, each child, each pain, each hug and each time she has forgiven me.
Happy Anniversary Linda-I love you - in uncountable ways – yes even -“right up to the moon and back” and I remain “captivated by your love”
I will be yours until God calls us home
p.s. I'll go back to my plan about posting a Bible thought on Sundays - next week. This week we are "running away" to celebrate.