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There are so many legends and traditions about Valentine's Day that it is hard to know its true origin today.  In the modern age, the occasion has just about become a commercialized event that few would even remember how Valentine's Day came about.   

As people around the world honor and remember their loved ones on this coming day, I thought I would share my favorite poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:  

How Do I Love Thee?

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 candlelight.
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. 

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