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She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

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Published on May 23, 2008

A recital of "She Walks in Beauty", a poem by George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (1788 - 1824). Lord Byron was an English poet and a leading figure in Romanticism, also famous for his flamboyant lifestyle and persona. This poem was written in 1814. It is not necessarily a love poem, but more of a celebration of the subject's beauty.

She walks in beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.

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