Ozymandias (Charles West)

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Editor: Charles West (submitted 2020-06-23).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 111 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:I would appreciate notification by email (cghwest@yahoo.co.uk) of your intention to perform this work.

General Information

Title: Ozymandias
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: S(S)A(A)TTB(B)
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2018

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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."