Spotlight Poetry – She Walks in Beauty – A poem by George Gordon, Lord Byron

She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon, Lord Byron

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!

Poem Attribution © George Gordon, Lord Byron, She Walks in Beauty

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Spotlight Poetry – From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage – A poem by George Gordon, Lord Byron

© Paresh Nrshinga, Down by the Sea, 2021

From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage by George Gordon, Lord Byron

   There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
   There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

   There is society where none intrudes,
   By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
   I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
   From these our interviews, in which I steal

   From all I may be, or have been before,
   To mingle with the Universe, and feel

What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

   Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean–roll!
   Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
   Man marks the earth with ruin–his control
   Stops with the shore;–upon the watery plain

   The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
   A shadow of man’s ravage, save his own,
   When for a moment, like a drop of rain,
   He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan,

Without a grave, unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown.

   His steps are not upon thy paths,–thy fields
   Are not a spoil for him,–thou dost arise

   And shake him from thee; the vile strength he wields
   For earth’s destruction thou dost all despise,
   Spurning him from thy bosom to the skies,
   And send’st him, shivering in thy playful spray

   And howling, to his gods, where haply lies
   His petty hope in some near port or bay,
And dashest him again to earth: —there let him lay.

Poetry Attribution © George Gordon, Lord Byron, There is a pleasure in the pathless woods (From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage)

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Spotlight Poetry – Stanzas for Music – A poem by Lord George Gordon Byron

© Stephanie Rivet, Summer Love,

Stanzas for Music by Lord George Gordon Byron

There be none of Beauty’s daughters
With a magic like thee;

And like music on the waters
Is thy sweet voice to me:
When, as if its sound were causing
The charmed ocean’s pausing,

The waves lie still and gleaming,
And the lull’d winds seem dreaming:

And the midnight moon is weaving
Her bright chain o’er the deep;

Whose breast is gently heaving,
As an infant’s asleep:
So the spirit bows before thee,
To listen and adore thee;

With a full but soft emotion,
Like the swell of Summer’s ocean.

Poem Attribution © Lord George Gordon Byron, Stanzas for Music

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