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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: Monday’s child is fair in 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 a Christmas day,
Is fair and wise, good and gay.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown.—Anna E. K. S. Bray, Traditions, Legends, Superstitions, and Sketches of Devonshire…, vol. 2, pp. 287–88 (1838).

Later publications of this poetical adage have made minor word changes, including line 7 to read “But a child that’s born on the Sabbath day.” This is the wording used in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 15th ed., p. 932 (1980).
SUBJECTS: Children