Karoly Brocky - Portrait of Elisabeth Barrett-Browning (1839-44)

Elizabeth Barret-Browning
(*6. März 1806 in Durham, England, als Elizabeth Barrett Moulton-Barrett; †29. Juni1861 in Florenz)

"Yes," I answered you last night;
"No," this morning, Sir, I say.
Colours seen by candlelight,
Will not look the same by day.

The Lady's Yes, st. 1 (1844).

"How Do I Love Thee?" (1850)
Sonnets From the Portuguese 43

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.