“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.”
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  1. Neal, you bring back an excellent memory. Too bad you didn’t post this for Father’s Day. I set this text for orchestra, electronic choir, baritone, and reciter when I still had access to an orchestra. It was my father’s favorite poem, and I was thrilled to have him be the reciter. He had forgotten his stage behavior by that time, and I had to send a violinist offstage so that he could receive his curtain call!

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