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
20. Cf. Ezekiel II, i.
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.