Monday, January 4, 2010

She Walks in Beauty Like the Night!

i really love this makes me cry!

Of all the poets that I admire, Lord Byron remains one of my most favorite. His love poems are just out of this world! They add fuel to my imagination and fill me with happiness. The choice of words, the metaphors, the effortless romanticism are rampant in his poems. She Walks in Beauty is one of my personal favorites. It is a beautiful love poem written by Byron in 1814 after he met his cousin, Lady Anne Wilmot Horton in black mourning clothes. In the poem the lady's outer appearance is praised as a sign of her inner beauty and purity. On a different scale, this is not wholly a love poem but a celebration of this woman's beauty. If you are a true lover of Byron's poems you will certainly love the effortless gracefulness of the lines.

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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