OZYMANDIAS

 

    I met a traveler 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.

    Percy Bysshe Shelley

     1792 – 1822

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7 thoughts on “OZYMANDIAS

  1. OH how the mighty have fallen… None rules forever, all dynasties crumble eventually. Mubarak is no more and America has one big headache !

    I quite like H. Smith’s version .

    In Egypt’s sandy silence, all alone,
    Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
    The only shadow that the Desert knows:
    “I am great OZYMANDIAS,” saith the stone,
    “The King of Kings; this mighty City shows
    “The wonders of my hand.” The City’s gone,
    Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose
    The site of this forgotten Babylon.
    We wonder, and some Hunter may express
    Wonder like ours, when thro’ the wilderness
    “WHERE LONDON STOOD”, holding the Wolf in chace,
    He meets some fragments huge, and stops to guess
    What powerful but unrecorded race
    Once dwelt in that annihilated place.

    —Horace Smith.[12]

    Be well Laird.

  2. I like Persy Shelly very much, but I haven’t read this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Awesome!!! I read another poem of Shelley’s “Song to the men of England” I believe he expressed much of the same feeling of many Chinese two centuries later.

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