I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose. The title of the sequence is intentionally misleading. 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.
The speaker proceeds to count the ways she loves him by describing the extent of her feelings. She compares her love and the extent of it to lots of things. 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. The speaker begins the poem by asking herself, in the first line, in what ways she loves her lover. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right.