She Walks in Beauty

Original Text: 
Byron, Works, 17 vols. (London: John Murray, 1832-33). PR 4351 M6 1832 ROBA. George Gordon, lord Byron, Hebrew Melodies (London: J. Murray, 1815). B-10 3742 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
2      Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
3And all that's best of dark and bright
4      Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
5Thus mellow'd to that tender light
6      Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
7One shade the more, one ray the less,
8      Had half impair'd the nameless grace
9Which waves in every raven tress,
10      Or softly lightens o'er her face;
11Where thoughts serenely sweet express
12      How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
13And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
14      So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
15The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
16      But tell of days in goodness spent,
17A mind at peace with all below,
18      A heart whose love is innocent!

Notes

1] "She" is Byron's cousin, Mrs. Wilmot, whom he met at a party in a mourning dress of spangled black. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1815
RPO poem Editors: 
M. T. Wilson
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.488.
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