V. Ovid, Metamorphoses, VI, Philomela. [Eliot's note] Eliot refers to the story of Philomela who was raped by Tereus, the husband of her sister Procne. All three are in the end turned into birds; Procne and Philomel into nightingales, and Tereus into a lapwing.

reference topics

Ovid's Metamorphoses,
book IV, Philomela
Philomela and the Nightingale  
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