Sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley
See the Wikipedia article for more about this sonnet. The version
here reproduced follows that of 1819 and is the one commonly seen.
Shelley's 1817 original differs in some respects, as noted below.
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".
Differences in Shelley's original of 1817
Line 3: "desert" spelt "desart"
Line 9: "this legend clear" instead of "these words appear"
Line 12: "nothing remains beside"
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