What qualities do you admire most in your partner?
“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.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning. How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
Here’s one of mine by Anne Bradstreet, from “To my Dear and loving Husband.”
If ever two were one, then surely we./If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee;/If ever a wife was happy in a man,/Compare with me ye women if you can.
Drink to me only with thine eyes, /And I will pledge with mine;/Or leave a kiss but in the cup/And I’ll not look for wine./ The thirst that from the soul doth rise/Doth ask a drink divine;/But might I of Jove’s nectar sup/I would change for thine. – Ben Jonson
I have always known that at last I would take this road, but yesterday I did not know that it would be today. ~ Kenneth Rexroth
When we find ourselves in the place just right it will be in the valley of love and delight. ~ from a Shaker hymn
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