Church of St. Michael and All Angels
Fitzgerald made translations of other
Persian works including: Bird Parliament by Attar and Salaman and
Absal by Jami. He also made a selection of the work of fellow Suffolk
poet George Crabbe.
He was married to Lucy Barton
daughter of the Quaker poet Bernard Barton for a brief period, but
the couple were unsuited. Lucy was extremely fussy while FitzGerald
seldom shaved and was chronically untidy. After the collapse of the
marriage he became friendly with a Lowestoft fisherman called Joseph
'Posh' Fletcher. The two men bought a herring lugger named the Meum
et Teum but the venture soon collapsed due to Fletcher's alcoholism
and FitzGerald's lack of business acumen.
FitzGerald died in his sleep
at the Old Rectory at
Norfolk while visiting George Crabbe - the grandson of the poet.
A clipping from a rose tree which grew on the
tomb of Omar Khayyam at Nishapur in Iran (previously Persia) was planted at one end of Fitzgerald's grave in
1893. Six more rose trees were planted around the grave in 1972.