Sonnets from the Portuguese

Window 5, Sonnet 43

Austin Moore - Elizabeth Barrett Browning Salon

Charles J. Connick Associates, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

Elizabeth accepts Robert's proposal, and this fifth and final window seems to proclaim joy and ever-lasting love. The spreading bands of color radiating from Elizabeth's open hands are red-winged Seraphim, the traditional symbols of love, and represent Elizabeth's prayers for Robert and her upcoming marriage. The two were secretly married at St. Marylebone Parish Church in London on Saturday, 12 September 1846.

Sonnet Number 43-2

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's
Sonnets from the Portuguese
Sonnet 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 everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
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.

I love thee to the depth and breadth
and height my soul can reach.

In memory of Austin Moore

Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Moore