With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: How Do I Love Thee?

Friday, January 14, 2011

How Do I Love Thee?

John brought home the prettiest potted miniature rose from the grocery store recently.  It is currently gracing our kitchen table.  I am not sure why, but this beautiful poem comes to mind every time I see it.
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.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Thank you, Sweetie!

30 comments:

Mildred said...

How very delicate and beautiful. Such a thoughtful gift and a lovely poem. Wishing you both a blessed weekend.

crochet lady said...

Oh the pink is very beautiful. How nice to have a guy who brings home such sweet surprises. I'm blessed to have a thoughtful hubby too :)

Snap said...

Beautiful! Nice Sweetie you have (smart man)!!!!!

Snippety Gibbet said...

Wait. The man brought you a rose for no reason other than he thought you would receive joy from it???? Wow...... I didn't know they could do that. He's a keeper.

Susan said...

Oh, LDH. The roses are so exquisite. What a sweet husband. And it's not even Valentine's Day!Congratulations. Love the poem, too . It's always been one of my faves. Susan

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Wow!!! I am impressed!!! Your hubby must love you very much!!!
Sweetie, indeed!!!
Blessings,
Bren

Sue said...

Beautiful rose, that color absolutely beautiful! and such a sweet thoughtful husband. I haven't read this poem in awhile and is still so refreshing. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Sue

Ann said...

That is a gorgeous rose. We get in miniature roses at the store every year but i've never seen one that had blooms on it that were that pretty.

Kathleen said...

So pretty! If we ever get out from under the snow here, I need some fresh flowers to remind me that in 4 months we will be getting ready for Memorial Day!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Simply stunning.. What a sweet hubby you have.
Lovely Lovely post

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful flowers. My grandmother would have said, That man knows which side to butter his bread on...lol Ya gotta think about that for a minute, don't you? Hugs- Diana

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Very pretty! I have always loved this poem....
Hugs,
Debbie

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

It's beautiful. This shade of pink is adorable, oh so sweet.
Have a wonderful weekend! xx

Rosabela said...

Your photos are stunning! How kind of your husband to bring you roses. And the poem is beautiful, too. :-)

Julie said...

Beautiful roses! I have always loved that poem. So fitting.

Adrienne said...

Gorgeous roses! I love this poem and almost shared it on my blog today. Come by and see why!
~Adrienne~

A Quiet, Gracious Life said...

Oh how *beautiful*! What a lovely thing for him to do. (o:

Beth said...

Lovely photos, and a beautiful poem.

moreofhim said...

How beautiful!! Roses are my absolute favorite and how sweet that your hubby brought it home for you! :)

I love that poem...it's beautiful.

God bless you - Julie

Valerie said...

my favorite are pink roses - so very delicate and beautiful. Trying so hard to catch up with everyone - January is such a rough month - with our winter concert and assembly -(so many details and I cannot believe the number of parents who called because they thought the third note I sent home as a reminder about concert clothes - was the first they had seen) -

Something about this generation of parents is very tiring to me!!

So glad to have a 3 day weekend - although today was spent at all county music auditions for my son - of course in the south towns where the weather was AWFUL today.

So this rose is so gentle and relaxing on my eyes and soothing to my spirit this evening!

Life In a Little House said...

Beautiful Thanks for sharing ~Love Heather

Dayle said...

It's lovely.

Abounding Treasures said...

Beautiful poem and what a lovely thing for him to do -- :o)

Nancy's Notes said...

Stunning photographs of truly exquisite roses! I've loved this poem forever, thanks for sharing it today!

Nancy

Just a little something from Judy said...

Perfect way for your husband to brighten a winter's day. A beautiful pink gift.

Buttercup said...

How pretty. Definitely needed a bright spot of color and flowers in the middle of the winter. Enjoy!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

The first picture is absolutely exquisite.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

A rose in winter is a beautiful sight to see!

hip-chick said...

One of the most beautiful of poems for one of the most beautiful of flowers.

marie said...

This is such a beautiful bunch of photos...and what a beautiful rose. What a lovely treat for you from him....

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