Monday’s child is fair of face

Each line of the verse (quot. 1838) may be used separately. Examples relating to different days of the week are illustrated here for convenience. In quot. 1838 ‘Christmas’ is an unusual variant, ‘Sabbath’ being far more common.

1838 A. E. BRAY Traditions of Devon II. 287 Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for its living, And a child that’s born on the Christmas day Is fair and wise and good and gay.

1915 J. BUCHAN Salute to Adventurers i. I was a Thursday’s bairn, and so, according to the old rhyme, ‘had far to go’.

1935 D. JONES Journal 12 Nov. in R. Hague Dai Greatcoat (1980) II. 81 Which day’s child is ‘loving and giving’ in the rhyme?.. Is it Wednesday’s?

1957 V. BRITTAIN Testament of Experience I. ii. From the outset Shirley sustained the nursery adage which commends ‘Sunday’s child’, for she put on weight steadily and was the easiest of infants to rear.

1980 A. WILSON Setting World on Fire II. iii. She showed her contrition by stroking his hair. ‘Saturday’s child works hard for his living,’ she murmured.

1997 Washington Post 18 Dec. C27 Monday’s child is fair of face. | Tuesday’s child is full of grace. | Wednesday’s child is full of woe. | Thursday’s child has far to go. | Friday’s child is loving and giving. | Saturday’s child works hard for a living. | And the child born on the Sabbath day | Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.


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