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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 heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impair'd 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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- by George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824), "She walks in beauty", appears in Hebrew Melodies, no. 1 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Jean Coulthard (1908 - 2000), "She walks in beauty", 1991 [ voice and piano ], from Two Byron Songs, no. 1, note: this is circulated as a set, but was not written that way [sung text not yet checked]
- by Evan Fine , "She walks in beauty", 2013 [ chorus and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Adolph Martin Foerster (1854 - 1927), "She walks in beauty", op. 45 (Four Songs) no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Alva Henderson (b. 1940), "She walks in beauty" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Graeme Koehne , "She walks in beauty", 1993 [ voice and orchestra or string quartet ], from Three Poems of Byron, no. 3 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Isaac Nathan (1790 - 1864), "She walks in beauty", 1814, published 1815, from A Selection of Hebrew Melodies No. I, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by P(atrick) Peter Sacco (b. 1928), "She walks in beauty, like the night", published 1971 [ voice and piano ], Western International Music [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Joel Weiss , "She walks in beauty ", 1997 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Franz Theremin (1780 - 1846) , "Sie geht in Schönheit", appears in Hebräische Gesänge, first published 1820 ; composed by Carl Loewe.
- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Otto Gildemeister (1823 - 1902) ; composed by Max Bruch, Ernst Hermann Meyer.
- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Böttger (1815 - 1870) , "Sie geht in Schönheit", appears in Hebräische Melodien, no. 1, first published 1841 ; composed by Karl Müller, Max Seifriz.
Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Alexis Paulin Pâris) , "Elle marche pareille en beauté", appears in Mélodies hébraïques, no. 1
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "In Schönheit geht sie", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Ella incede in bellezza", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-04
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Word count: 119
In Schönheit geht sie wie die Nacht, die wolkenlos und sternbesät; des Dunkels Glanz, der Helle Pracht in ihrem Blick und Antlitz steht und so ein mildes Licht entfacht, das Himmel grellem Tag verwehrt. Mehr Schatten, ein gering'res Licht - getrübt würde der Liebreiz sein, der aus den schwarzen Locken spricht, die Stirn umglänzt in mildem Schein; und ihr beseelter Blick verspricht, dass er dort wohne, schön und rein. Auf ihrer Stirn, der Wangen Paar spricht mild und still und doch beredt ein strahlend Lächeln, das fürwahr für ihre reine Seele steht, ein Herz aus dem unwandelbar der Liebe holde Unschuld weht.
- Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2013 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.
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- a text in English by George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824), "She walks in beauty", appears in Hebrew Melodies, no. 1
This text was added to the website: 2013-09-16
Line count: 18
Word count: 102