‘She Walks in Beauty’ by Lord Byron

She Walks in Beauty

Lord Byron

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!

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Lord Byron (1788-1824), born George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, was an English poet that is widely heralded as one of the greatest English writers of all time. A major proponent of the Romantic movement during the 18th century, his work has exercised significant influence on literary criticism, including the eponymous term: ‘Byronic hero.’