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 www.poeticexpressions.etsy.com.
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 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!