There is a meme called Wordless Wednesday, which I have participated in on my blogs for some time. I was inspired to modify Wordless Wednesday on this blog, to focus it on the markers for children which I have found in cemeteries. These markers sometimes have lambs on them, which are easily seen (and which make them easy to identify as a child’s marker), but I have seen some with angels, or even plain stones. The Wednesday’s Child posts are my way of honoring these children.
The name “Wednesday’s Child” comes from a rhyme. The more modern rhyme, which most people are familiar with, is:
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, But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
An 1887 version of this rhyme, which may be the original, had is as:
Monday’s child is fair of face.
Tuesday’s child is full of grace.
Wednesday’s child is loving and giving.
Thursday’s child works hard for a living,
Friday’s child is full of woe.
Saturday’s child has far to go.
But the child that is born on Sabbath-day
Is bonny and happy and wise and gay.