Text by: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Music by: Mitchell Fund
This beautiful poem, written by the husband of the author of the classic novel Frankenstein and himself a notable English romantic poet, tells of the hubris of Ozymandias, best known as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II. Once a mighty statue, from a mighty ruler, from a mighty empire, now crumbled and wasting away in the sands of the desert.
"Ozymandias" can be performed with mixed chorus or with either men's or women's voices alone. Sopranos and/or Tenors take part I in divisi, while Altos and/or Basses take part II.
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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.”