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She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron


"She Walks in Beauty" is a romantic poem written by Lord Byron. This poem is one of Byron's most well known works and is seen as one of the greatest poems to come out of the Romance Movement. The poem is about a woman who is of great beauty.

This poem is written as three stanzas with six lines in each. Each line is written as iambic tetrameter (two feet with four meters for a total of eight syllables). Of course, the last line of the first stanza doesn't hold true to this in modern English (it has nine syllables in modern English).


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
Meet 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 tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.

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