36] The Roman Catholic Church includes nuns fromthe Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary. Back to Line
37] The bloody wood could be the grove of the classical Furies, in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus, a place where there are singing nightingales and where bloody tragedies such as Agamemnon's death would have been spawned. It could also be the wood where Tereus raped and mutilated Philomela, who was later turned into a nightingale (a story Ovid tells in his Metamorphoses). Back to Line
39] droppings: Eliot revises to "siftings" in a later edition. Back to Line
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"Four Poems," Little Review 5.5 (Sept. 1918). In England published in an almost identical book, Ara Vos Prec (London: Ovid Press, ); and first in Poems (Richmond: L. and V. Woolf, Hogarth Press, 1919). Donald Gallup, T. S. Eliot: A Bibliography (London: Faber and Faber, 1969): A3, A4b, C45.