"Monday's Child" is a traditional poem giving personality traits to children based on the day of the week on which they were born. It starts off with the line "Monday's child is fair of face" and ends with the line "But the child that is born on the Sabbath day / Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay." Some slight variations of the poem exist.Continue Reading
Some days have more positive predictions than others; for example, "Tuesday's child is full of grace" and "Friday's child is loving and giving." The sayings for other days are neither good nor bad, such as "Thursday's child has far to go" and "Saturday's child works hard for a living." Wednesday is the only day with a negative prediction: "Wednesday's child is full of woe."
Another variation of the poem switches the sayings for Friday and Saturday. It has Friday's child working hard and Saturday's child being loving and giving. Other variations existed through the years, with one saying that the child born on Christmas Day was "bonny and blithe, and good and gay."
The first recorded appearance of this rhyme was in 1838 in "Traditions of Devonshire" by A.E. Bray. The tradition of telling a child's future by the day he was born, however, had already been around since at least the 1500s. The version most used today is included in the Mother Goose nursery rhymes.Learn more about Poetry