Solomon Grundy by Unknown

The_Tales_of_Mother_Goose_-_coverSolomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday:
This is the end
Of Solomon Grundy.

Charles Perrault published the first edition of his Tales of Mother Goose in France in 1695, which contained the first stories which we would consider “fairy tales”. The edition was translated into English and published in 1729, to immediate success. John Newberry collected the original set of nursery rhymes in English around 1760 but it was his successor, Thomas Carnan who first printed the collection of rhymes in either 1780 or 1781 under the title, Mother Goose’s Melody, or, Sonnets for the Cradle.  The origin of the phrase or personage of Mother Goose is widely debated and as yet unknown.

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