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Lines 97-99:

Above the antique mantel was displayed
As though a window gave upon the sylvan scene
The change of Philomel, by the barbarous king

Eliot's Note:

98. Sylvan scene. V. Milton, Paradise Lost, IV, 140.

Context:

Milton's poem Paradise Lost retells the story of the Fall. Eliot refers to the scene where Satan comes in view of Eden (Book IV, lines 131-142):

So on he fares, and to the border comes
Of Eden, where delicious Paradise,
Now nearer, Crowns with her enclosure green,
As with a rural mound the champain head
Of a steep wilderness, whose hairie sides
With thicket overgrown, grottesque and wilde,
Access deni'd; and over head up grew
Insuperable highth of loftiest shade,
Cedar, and Pine, and Firr, and branching Palm
A Silvan Scene, and as the ranks ascend
Shade above shade, a woodie Theatre
Of stateliest view.

For the story of Philomel, see the note for line 99.