Ask every person if he's heard the story, And tell it strong and clear if he has not, That once there was a fleeting wisp of glory Called Camelot ... Don't let it be forgot That once there was a spot For one brief shining moment that was known As Camelot.
Alan Jay Lerner (1918–1986), U.S. composer, lyricist. Lyric from title song of musical Camelot (1960).
The song was named by Jackie Kennedy in an interview shortly after John F. Kennedy's assassination as one of which her husband was particularly fond. Official biographer William Manchester called his book One Brief Shining Moment.