George Gordon, Lord Byron: “She Walks in Beauty”

George Gordon, Lord Byron

Recently finished carving this woodcut of a youthful Lord Byron and hand-printed it using a baren.  I took the original print and reduced it by 60% and used it to illustrate one of my favorite Byron poems, “She Walks in Beauty”.  For me, it encapsulates the essence of the Romantic poets. Of course, a copy can be obtained at

 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 days denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
                  Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
          O’er 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!


About poeticmeditations

A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century. The Romantic poets, nib pens, candlelight, waistcoats, and pocket watches are a few of my favorite things.
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