Ceremony Reading Inspiration : How Do I Love Thee?

We are starting a new series on Vicinity Weddings, helping you find the perfect wedding day reading. Join us every fortnight for a new reading idea, or share your favourite in the comments. Today we will be starting with a classic romantic reading option How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

How Do I Love Thee? 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 every day’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 with a 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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