Ozymandias

Horace Smith’s Ozymandias

In Egypt’s sandy
silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg,
which far off throws
The only shadow that
the Desert knows:—
“I am great
OZYMANDIAS,” saith
the stone,
“The King of Kings;
this mighty City
shows
“The wonders of my
hand.”— The City’s
gone,—
Nought but the Leg
remaining to disclose
The site of this
forgotten Babylon.

We wonder,—and
some Hunter may
express
Wonder like ours,
when thro’ the
wilderness
Where London stood,
holding the Wolf in
chace,
He meets some
fragment huge, and
stops to guess
What powerful but
unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that
annihilated place..

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