Saturday, 14 September 2013

'She Walks In Beauty'~ Poem by Lord Byron

Lord Byron lived- without any doubt (!!), a very full life and is one of the greatest British poets. He was quite a scandalous fellow, being highly romantic and having numerous affairs. His sense of romance comes through very clearly in this beautiful poem and we can tune in to his appreciate of women. There is a tremendous amount of historical interest surrounding this man who was not only a poet but a politician! It is well worth checking out Lord Byron's achievements during his 36 short years.

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!

Here is a beautiful version if you would like to hear it sung:

Jaz McKenzie

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