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Shakespeare's grave is located in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in his birthplace, the English village of Stratford. It is located alongside the grave of his wife, Anne Hathaway (who outlived her husband by seven years despite being eight years his senior) and that of their older daughter, Susanna Hall. The grave is covered by a flat stone that bears an epitaph which has traditionally been ascribed to Shakespeare himself. It reads:
Good friends for Jesus sake forebeare,
To dig the dust enclosed heare
Blest be y man y spare thes stones,
And curs't be he y moves my bones.
The purpose of the inscription was apparently to prevent the removal of Shakespeare's bones from the church to the charnel house, as was customary in Elizabethan England. We do not know whether the inscription was heeded, for Shakespeare's grave has never been opened. There is some speculation that the original stone was replaced in the eighteenth century as Shakespeare's reputation rose.
Shakespeare is buried in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom.
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