VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

She Walks in Beauty

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 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!

This lyric, like "The Destruction of Sennacherib" was written for the volume called Hebrew Melodies (1815) with traditional music adapted by Isaac Nathan. Most things about Byron are fabulously romantic, including the story that he met a lovely cousin by marriage at a ball and wrote She Walks in Beauty" the next morning.