I have this book of Lord Byron’s work that is over 100 years old. It must have been well loved by someone, because the torn cover was hand stitched back together. I was flipping through it to find something appropriate to be a background for a photo of this necklace. Under the heading, Hebrew Melodies, I found this poem. The first line of it was oh so familiar, but the rest I had not heard. It seemed appropriate for this necklace that I just completed with a bride in mind. The focal is a vintage rhinestone brooch and the necklace is Czech crystals and antiqued brass beads.
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!
Along with the crazy storms that have been passing through Middle Tennessee, there have been the most beautiful skies and amazing light shows. I managed to catch the last bit of light hitting the hillside across the road. There was a rainbow too, but it blurred in the dim light. All is calm now…day is done.