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Lines 20-24:

Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only

Eliot's Note:

20. Cf. Ezekiel II, i.

Context:

Ezekiel 2:1, from the ESV translation of the Bible:

And he said unto me, “Son of Man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.”

Eliot continues his allusion to the Bible through line 24.