Book Report: The rise and fall of empires

January 23, 2013 at 8:49 am in Hudson Star-Observer

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desertNear 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 long and level sands stretch far away.
Ozymandias by Percy Shelley
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