Ozymandias (John Kilpatrick)

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Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2012-06-30).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Ozymandias

Composer: John Kilpatrick

Number of voices: 1v   Voicings: S or T
Genre: SecularOde

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

(preferably a real piano with good sustaining tone.)

First published: 2012
Description: Headed "A message to all dictators"; the words are those of Percy Bysshe Shelley's sonnet of the same name.

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Original text and translations

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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".