Keats himself chose the epitaph Here lies One whose Name was writ in Water for his gravestone.
... all your better deeds
Shall be in water writ, but this is marble
Friends of Keats, who felt that the poet had been badly treated during his lifetime, preceded the epitaph chosen by Keats with the following inscription:
This Grave contains all that was Mortal of a YOUNG ENGLISH POET, Who on his Death Bed, in the Bitterness of his Heart, at the Malicious Power of his Enemies, Desired these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone