. My poem for today is by Lord Byron (1788 - 1824), who was probably thought of then just like Mick Jagger is now. Full of passion and a love of life and women who inspired a lot of their work. Byron spent a lot of time in Venice and this poem was inspired by a young girl that he met there.
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
When 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
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.