In Milford Cemetery, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, there is an 18th century slate headstone memorializing Mary Fowler. It has become famous for the inscription, Molly Tho Pleasant In Her Day / Was Suddenly Seiz’d And Sent Away /How Soon She’s Ripe How Soon She’s Rott’n / Sent To Her Grave And Soon Forgott’n.
The inscription gained notoriety and became a tourist attraction. The stone which was stolen in 1992 by vandals made headlines thus continuing to defy the inscription. It was recovered and returned to the cemetery.
The gravestone is decorated with foliate engraving and a winged effigy symbolizing the flight of the soul.
Sacred To The Memory / Of Miss Mary Fowler / Daughter To Mr. Wil / Liam & Mrs. Eunice / Fowler Who Died / Feby 1st AD 1792 In The / 24th Year Of Her Age
Old Milford Cemetery was established in 1642.
See There All Pale, & Dead She Lies,
For Ever Flow My Streaming Eyes.
MARY Is Fled, The Loveliest Mind,
Faith, Sweetness, Wit, Together Foind.
Dwell Faith & Wit & Sweetness There,
O View The Chang, And Drop A Tear.
Here The Wicked Cease From Troubling & Here The Weary Are At Rest
Entomb’d Is Here Deposited The Dear Remains Of Mrs. Margaret Dewitt
The Amiable Comfort Of Garrit VH Dewitt Who Closed Her Eyes Upon A Vain World
Febr’y 11th 1794 Aged 54
Her Exemplary Conduct In Life, Her Unparelled Patience, When Wreck’d With Pains
The Most Excruciating & Her Perfect Resignation In Her Last Illness
Charmed The King Of Terrors Of His Sting & Soften’d Him To A Prince Of Peace.