Love

Love is strong as death.....
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can the floods drown it.

-- Song of Solomon 8:6,7

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.

-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The night has a thousand eyes,
The day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying sun.

The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When its love is done.

-- Francis W. Bourdillon

There is beauty in the sunlight
and the soft blue heavens above.
Oh, the world is full of beauty.
When the heart is full of love.

-- Unknown