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Married on Wednesday, bedded on Thursday
Sickened on Friday, died on Saturday
Buried on Sunday.
— lyrics of the poetry

The Poetry of the Devil is an eerie nursery rhyme recurring throughout the third season of Salem.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Poetry of the Devil is a rhyme that describes the fall from grace of a hapless in the span of a week. The week in question is almost certainly the Holy Week leading to the fulfillment of the Great Terror culminating in Black Sunday, the satanic Easter. In addition, the marriage mentioned in the first verse could be a hint to the Royal Marriage between the Dark Lord and his mother-bride.

Throughout the Salem series[edit | edit source]

The rhyme is heard as a distant echo of children's voices while a monstrous figure, later identified with The Sentinel, emerged from his hellish hovel in the thick woods surrounding Salem. (After the Fall)

While preparing for the exploration toward Deerfield with Billy, Captain John Alden saw the Dark Lord in the likeness of his son John Sibley playing in the courtyard of The House of the Seven Gables, with children humming the haunting nursery rhyme. (The Reckoning)

Accompanying the introduction of the theme of satanic Easter to his inner circle, composed by Mary Sibley, The Sentinel, Baron Sebastian Von Marburg and Rev. Cotton Mather, the Dark Lord sang this rhyme, explaining that within a week the world would come to its end. (Wednesday's Child)

Videos[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Poetry of the Devil appears to be a rehash of "Solomon Gundry," an English nursery rhyme mentioning the days of the week. Solomon Gundry's rhyme reads as follows: "Solomon Grundy, Born on a Monday, Christened on Tuesday, Married on Wednesday, Took ill on Thursday, Grew worse on Friday, Died on Saturday, Buried on Sunday, That was the tale, Of Solomon Grundy." [1]
  • The Poetry of the Devil shows similarities with another nursery rhyme, "Monday's Child". Furthermore, the sixth episode of the third season is titled "Wednesday's Child"
  • Promoting the show, a video has been released using the rhyme along with a backing track, and the following caption: "Learn the words, sing them in the night and prepare for eternal darkness."[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), p. 394-5.

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