She walks in beauty (Arthur W. Finer)
- Editor: Mark Edgley Smith (submitted 2006-04-04). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 106 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: c/o David Fraser. This edition has been prepared from the original manuscript, and kindly made available, by Finer's great-great-nephew, the composer Mark Edgley Smith.
Original text and translations
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
Which Heav’n to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair’d the nameless grace
Which waves in ev’ry raven tress
Or softly lightens o’er her face,
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how clear 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.