The Deathbed Letter of John Keats

Posted by Edward Ernest | Mar 11, 2017 | Community Collaboration, Deathbed Literature, Miscellaneous | 0 |

Deathbed Literature | John Keats

John Keats was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in publication for only four years before his death. Wikipedia
Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’–that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. – Ode to a Grecian Urn
Below is the deathbed love letter to his fiancee Fanny Brawne.
Deathbed Literature, John Keats
John Keats Deathbed handwriting

My dearest Fanny,

The power of your benediction is not of so weak a nature as to pass from the ring in four and twenty hours – it is like a sacred Chalice once consecrated and ever consecrate.

I shall Kiss your name and mine where your Lips have been – Lips!

Why should a poor prisoner as I am talk about such things. Thank God, though I hold them the dearest pleasures in the universe, I have a consolation independent of them in the certainty of your affectation.

I could write a song in the style of Tom Moore’s Pathetic about Memory if that would be any relief to me.

No. It would not be. I will be as obstinate as a Robin, I will not sing in a cage.

Health is my expected heaven and you are the Houri – this word I believe is both singular and plural – if only plural, never mind – you are a thousand of them.

Ever yours affectionately

My dearest,


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