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    T. S. Eliot - Death By Water - Fiona Shaw

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    Fiona Shaw performs 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.