Can you say "they were of a" as in "they were of a pale compelxion"?
I'm writing something currently, and I wrote "He was of a pallid complexion, with chalky lips and eyes that seemed like they were going to pop out at any given moment." and was wondering if it made sense?
Your lines remind of a quote from Miguel de Cervantes in Don Quixote and are using very classic old grammar. If that's what you're aiming at, then it does work. Laurie G.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: Chapter I - The Literature... http://www.online-literature.com/cervantes/don_quixote/5/
The age of this gentleman of ours was bordering on fifty; he was of a hardy habit, spare, gaunt-featured, a very early riser and a great sportsman. ... to such a pitch did his eagerness and infatuation go that he sold many an acre of tillageland to buy books of chivalry to read, and brought home as many of them as he could get .