I visited Stratford-upon-Avon a few years ago to see The Merchant of Venice at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. We went to the tomb of Shakespeare at the Holy Trinity Church in the town, the church where he was baptised as well. The tomb is inside the church and on the grave there is this inscription:
Good frend, for Iesvs sake, forbeare to digg the dvst encloased heare. Blese be ye man, ye spares thes stones, and cvrsed be he ye moves my bones.
I guess I was expecting something a little more meaningful or transcendent than a grave-robber’s curse. Very interesting indeed…
This oil on linen painting is based on a photo that I took of the path leading to the entrance of the church.