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    meaning

    one shade the more, one ray the less

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by johannes.huang View Post
    one shade the more, one ray the less
    No idea. What's the context?

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    Smile Re: meaning

    I guess it's kind of a poem by Lord Byron:

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    She walks in beauty, like the night - Lord Byron
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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 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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    Re: meaning

    Aha. I 'studied' that poem in 1969/70; hence the lack of recognition!

    Poetry and I don't really go together, but I think the key is in these words:

    '........................that tender light
    Which heaven to gaudy day denies.'

    One shade the more -> darkness/moonlight
    One ray the less -> daylight

    The metaphor breaks down a bit with the verb 'impaired' (which obviously refers to one half of the metaphor (sun) but not the other (moon)).

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