‘She Walks in beauty’ by Lord Byron expresses the speaker’s idealisation of love for a woman whose inner and outer beauty are perfectly aligned, almost as if she is divinely blessed. It’s almost as if the speaker has a crush on the addressee and can’t stop thinking about her!

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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

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.


One share 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, an 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!

Lord Byron 


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