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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
Song: ‘How many times do I love thee, dear?’ (from Torrismond, Sc. iii)
By Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849)
HOW many times do I love thee, dear?
  Tell me how many thoughts there be
          In the atmosphere
          Of a new-fall’n year,
Whose white and sable hours appear        5
  The latest flake of Eternity:—
So many times do I love thee, dear.
How many times do I love, again?
  Tell me how many beads there are
          In a silver chain        10
          Of evening rain
Unravelled from the tumbling main
  And threading the eye of a yellow star:—
So many times do I love again.

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