She walks in Beauty

I absolutely love British literature, and I wanted to share a wonderful poem that I came across by Lord Byron titled, “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          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!

“What is beauty?” This question I hear from children to adults from men and from women. There really is no easy way to define it because it as unique as you and me. The one thing I do believe is that inner beauty is mirrored by outer beauty. Our outer beauty might attract a mate, but it’s our inner beauty that will keep him forever.

Comments

  1. Hmmm… I think there is a difference between beauty and attractiveness. I think attractiveness is more subjective and beauty (probably in a more generic sense) is more universal… I think about sunsets as being beautiful and I think that there is not a person or a culture that would have the opposite bent.

    I do completely agree that your face may attract a mate, but your spirit will tie them to you.

    Forgive me if I get too esoteric, I tend towards that! 🙂

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