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.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Underwoods, "Requiem," (1887).
Inscribed on Stevenson's gravestone on Mount Vaea, Samoa, where Stevenson spent the last five years of his life. The inscription wrongly transcribes the penultimate line, "Home is the sailor, home from the sea."