Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Manuscript for “Ozymiandias”

shelley manuscript

“Ozymandias” by Percy 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 lips, 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.” —




  1. jrosenberry1 · June 22, 2013



  2. igtard · June 22, 2013

    Scroll from the bottom up.


  3. james · June 22, 2013

    Trailer for Breaking Bad’s final season features Cranston reading this poem to great effect:


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