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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
470. She Walks in Beauty
 
George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
 
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 mellow’d to that tender light        5
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,        10
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        15
But tell of days in goodness spent,—
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.
 

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