“This Grave contains all that was Mortal, of a Young English Poet, Who, on his Death Bed, in the Bitterness of his Heart, at the Malicious Power of his Enemies, Desired these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone:

Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water.

John Keats the English Romantic poet, died of tuberculosis in Rome on 23 February 1821, at the young age of 25 and was buried in the Protestant Cemetery, Rome. His last request was to be placed under a tombstone bearing no name or date, only the words, “Here lies One whose Name was writ in Water.” Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his lifetime, his reputation grew after his death, and by the end of the 19th century, he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets.

What a wonderful world it would be if everyone was as loved and as cherished in life, as in death !

Protestant Cemetery, Rome

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