George Gordon Byron

(1788 - 1824 / London / England)

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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
meets in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
had half impair'd 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 tells in days of goodness spent,
a mind at peace with all below,
a heart whose love is innocent.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/22/2014 7:15:00 PM)

    .............what a pleasant surprise to find this poem on this site.....first heard a famous professor read and review this poem....and I found it to be so lovely.... (Report) Reply

  • Byron Barsamian (7/30/2013 1:18:00 AM)

    Beautifully written, brings back memoryies of romance, mystery and sweet passion.
    This brings back memories of my artistic and honest and soulful and firm and truthful soulmate whom i was too young and wild to acknowledge in beauty and in truth. This is a eulogy of love. (Report) Reply

  • Maneesha Perera (1/16/2010 11:40:00 AM)

    beautiful poem! i wonder if peaple really admire women in this way anymore. it seems to me that modern society is very far from this...... (Report) Reply

  • Shpresa Haziraj (1/16/2010 11:07:00 AM)

    The poem itelf is about ''Her' that is the most beautiful creature in this world, also described in a very beautiful way.
    Definetly he is in Love, just someone who feels something really strong can writte in this way as Byron did. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (1/16/2010 7:35:00 AM)

    This is a Madonna, an icon of immacualte feminity who reflects the poet's (and by extensions the male’s) desire for an untroubled and untroubling lover who will not spoil the game of by having awkward thoughts or feelings. And she must not deviate one iota from her perfection; though the pressure of remaining so perfectly beautiful when 'One shade the more, one ray the less…” would halve her appeal would send anyone but the kind of milksop Byron is here eulogising mad! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (1/16/2010 1:19:00 AM)

    Definition of beauty in poetry Byron has expressed pretty well! Indeed nothing more and nothing less beauty is adequate expression! (Report) Reply

  • Sujit Sinha (11/7/2009 10:32:00 PM)

    I recite this poem to myself very often. And when I stand under the shimmering moon, reciting, the beauty of the lines seem to 'softly lighten' over me. I wonder why this poem is ranked 125th. Is it that romance is dead today? (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Foster (1/16/2009 2:09:00 PM)

    Beautifully written, brings back memory's of romance, mystery and sweet passion. A great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Mimi Fakhira (12/23/2008 7:16:00 AM)

    This poem is one of my favourite. A beauty within a world of wonders. I enjoy this very much! (Report) Reply

  • Jocelyn Sullivan (1/16/2008 6:30:00 PM)

    We read this poem in English last year in Grade 11. I really liked it then, and seeing it now, brought back the memory (Report) Reply

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