Musing upon the king my brother's wreck
And on the king my father's death before him.
The Tempest, Act 1 Scene II:
Sitting on a bank,
Weeping again the king my father’s wreck,
This music crept by me upon the waters…
Eliot does his trick of substituting a single word to bring in another allusion, here: these lines can also be linked to the Percival legend, since various of Percival’s brothers were killed in various ways, much to Percival’s annoyance. But this is only a fair link if we agree with Eliot that this poem is actually about the Fisher King.
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