Ted Hughes reads Death By Water - Part IV Of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land
Death By Water
Part IV of The Waste Land
by T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead,
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell
And the profit and loss.
A current under sea
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passed the stages of his age and youth
Entering the whirlpool.
Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.