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Ozymandias

- by Percy Bysshe Shelley


I met a traveller from an antique land

Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert.



Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies,



whose frown



And wrinkled lip




and sneer of cold command



Tell that its sculptor well those passions read




Which yet survive,




stamped on these lifeless things,



The hand that mocked them

   

and the heart that fed.





And on the pedestal these words appear:




`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:




Look on my works, ye mighty,






 


and despair!'



   


Nothing beside remains.




Round the decay



Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,




The lone and level sands stretch far away.




Cross-posted at Docudharma

Originally posted to Important if True on Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 04:16 PM PST.

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