Saturday, October 23, 2010

Classic Poetry (She Walks In Beauty - Lord Byron )

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 mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired 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!

~ Lord Byron

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron
(22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824)

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  1. Oh a perfect choice! This is one of my all time favourites. It is so melodious, exquisite in both form and imagery. A true classic indeed.

  2. I love Lord Byron and the romantic poets - they were the first poets I fell in love with.. and Lord Byron a perfect choice....for his poetry and because Byron is my husbands name....blessings...bkm

  3. This is one of my favorites as well - great choice! The metre and language are perfection.


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