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She Walks in Beauty, By Lord Byron (George Gordon) - Audio

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Before he was known as Lord Byron, the still-famous poet was called George Gordon.  Before he inherited a title - and became a Peer of the Realm - he was a writer whose poetry still resonates.

Believing that Greece was a major contributor to Western Culture, Lord Byron decided it would be wise to help Greece fight for its independence in the early nineteenth century. 

On the 9th of April, 1824, he was drenched during a heavy rainfall while riding his horse in Greece.  Within a few days, he was seriously ill. 

Following the medical custom of the time - which would be resoundingly rejected today - Lord Byron's doctors "bled him."  Instead of helping, that procedure further weakened him.  

On the 19th of April, 1824 - while a violent electrical storm was raging outside his room - Lord Byron died.  He was hailed - then, and later - as a national hero of Greece.  A painting of him on his death bed - by Joseph Denis Odevaere - discreetly covers his right foot (which was misshapen).

When the lover of Greek culture died, his death helped to unite disparate forces  - including Britain, France and Russia - who were able to assure Greek independence by 1829.  Byron - had he lived - would have been proud.

Byron's poems - especially "She Walks in Beauty" - remain popular.  In this audio clip, it is read by Carole Bos (creator of Awesome Stories).

 

She Walks in Beauty
By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

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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Before he was known as Lord Byron, the still-famous poet was called George Gordon.  Before he inherited a title - and became a Peer of the Realm - he was a writer whose poetry still resonates.

Believing that Greece was a major contributor to Western Culture, Lord Byron decided it would be wise to help Greece fight for its independence in the early nineteenth century. 

On the 9th of April, 1824, he was drenched during a heavy rainfall while riding his horse in Greece.  Within a few days, he was seriously ill. 

Following the medical custom of the time - which would be resoundingly rejected today - Lord Byron's doctors "bled him."  Instead of helping, that procedure further weakened him.  

On the 19th of April, 1824 - while a violent electrical storm was raging outside his room - Lord Byron died.  He was hailed - then, and later - as a national hero of Greece.  A painting of him on his death bed - by Joseph Denis Odevaere - discreetly covers his right foot (which was misshapen).

When the lover of Greek culture died, his death helped to unite disparate forces  - including Britain, France and Russia - who were able to assure Greek independence by 1829.  Byron - had he lived - would have been proud.

Byron's poems - especially "She Walks in Beauty" - remain popular.  In this audio clip, it is read by Carole Bos (creator of AwesomeStories).

 

She Walks in Beauty
By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

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!

 

For Classics at AwesomeStories


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"She Walks in Beauty," by Lord Byron.  Read by Carole Bos (creator of Awesome Stories).

 

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