Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Robert Lewis Stevenson - Requiem

On 3 December 1894, aged 44, Stevenson collapsed while talking to his wife Fanny, and died within a few hours, most probably of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was buried with great local ceremony on Mount Vaea, overlooking the sea. His gravestone was inscribed with his own poem, "Requiem":


 Under the wide and starry sky,
 Dig the grave and let me lie.
 Glad did I live and gladly die,
 And I laid me down with a will.
 This be the verse you grave for me:
 Here he lies where he longed to be;
 Home is the sailor, home from sea,
 And the hunter home from the hill.

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