Auros (auros) wrote,

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She walks in beauty, like the night.

This image (taken by Ben Canales; and I saw it on Bad Astronomy) is the kind of thing I've always thought of in connection with Byron's "She walks in beauty, like the night." The awe inspiring beauty of the universe, and the beauty of my beloved, are close kin -- the macroverse rhyming with with the microverse.

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 shade 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, 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!

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