I had not thought death had undone so many.

from T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land on Rap Genius


As noted by the author, this is an allusion to Dante Alighieri’s poem Inferno, Canto III, verses 55-57, in which Dante describes a near-endless procession of people filing into Hell:

Si lunga tratta
Di gente, ch'io non avrei mai creduto
Che morte tanta n'avesse disfatta

The lines from Dante quoted by Eliot in his note for this line can be translated as:

Such a long train of spirits
I should ne'er Have thought
that death so many had despoil’d

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