Tuesday Poem: She Walks In Beauty…

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In this gorgeous poem by 18th Century Romantic poet Lord Byron, Byron writes from true life experience: about a woman he passed on the street who caught his eye. By the end of the poem, however, he realizes that her beauty comes not from her physical beauty but her inner grace and innocence. Enjoy!

She Walks in Beauty

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

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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