During one of his lighter moments, Benjamin Franklin penned his own epitaph. It seems he must have influenced by Paul's teaching of the resurrection of the body. As a young man, Franklin confided to his diary what he wanted written on his tombstone:
The Body of
Like the Cover of an old Book,
Its Contents torn out,
And stript of its Lettering and Gilding,
Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be wholly lost:
For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more,
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and Amended
By the Author.
He was born on January 6, 1706.
Franklin was surprisingly modest when he made his final wishes known - his grave in Philadelphia’s Christ Church cemetery simply reads, “Benjamin and Deborah Franklin.”