She Walks in Beauty

George Gordon’s AKA Lord Byron‘s birthday was today! Happy birthday, Lord Byron!

Thank God for the internet, because this is what I found today:

Via Facebook

Via Facebook

Ahh, Byron. Is there anyone else more romantic than Byron? No really, I’m asking, because I don’t know much about Romantic poets, and I’d love to learn more.

Byron was kind of a rockstar in the 19th century. He died kind of poorly from complications due to blood-letting and other quacky medical ideas. That’s why I strongly disapprove of blood-letting. If you’re gonna try and take my blood, there’s gonna be a fight waitin’ for you!

(Clearly the second cup of coffee I’ve had today is beginning to take effect.)

Before I get any sillier, here’s today’s poem, in honour of Lord B’s birthday. I’m sure he’s rocking the ascot and smoking jacket look up in heaven with other classy Romantic poets.

She Walks in Beauty

(Honestly, who wouldn’t swoon if someone started reciting you a poem that started with this line?)

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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One thought on “She Walks in Beauty

  1. holdlifestill365 January 26, 2014 at 1:37 pm Reply

    one of my faves

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