She Walks In Beauty

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From Byron’s classic poem of 1814, mixed with a few words of prison poetry by Scottish / Australian Bushranger / Highwayman / Bankrobber James Alpin McPherson (1842-1895) finished off with 3 verses from Ewan’s pen.

Verse 1 & 2 - G.G. Byron
Verse 3 - James Alpin McPherson
Verse 4 - 6, chorus and music - Ewan MacPherson (MCPS & PRS)
‘Berneray’ - Lauren MacColl (MCPS & PRS)

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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 troubled eyes.

Waves in every raven tress,
Softly lighten o'er her face,
Lost but lined as ever strong,
Smiles from days of goodness spent.

And it's down, down my lovely down
And it's down, down my lovely down
And it's down, down my lovely down
To the darkness deep and ever old.

Never a stone will sound tonight,
Beneath my horse's lonely tread.
His sire was of the purest race,
That ever yet was born and bred.

Was not by silver stream we met,
Nor by rolling wave unseen.
I spoke she knew my only name,
I never gave it free or loud.

Then as I neared her on the track,
Her eyes looked ever into mine,
And wild as only weather knows,
She stole my heart and I her life.

So perfect my life shall never be,
And never a love can hold for me.
Whenever I look into the dark,
Her graceful form is near me still.

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from Lay Your Dark Low, released November 11, 2013

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