Solomon Grundy Died and Went to…?


For homeschool, my daughters read this classic poem from an unknown author, which is actually a riddle. I asked my 8-year-old a very important question afterward. Read the poem to see if your answer is the same as her’s.


Solomon Grundy,
Born on 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.

The question I asked my daughter: Did Solomon Grundy go to Heaven or Hell? What’s your answer? Click to read my daughter’s answer. And find out why it is possible for a “Solomon Grundy” to live all this in one week.

D.D. answered: “He went to Hell because he didn’t believe in Jesus as his Savior.”

The poem is essentially a riddle in which the life of Solomon Grundy appears to take place in the process of a single week, the answer being that each day’s events happened at a different age.


  1. I’d agree with your daughter, as the epitaph indicates a profoundly secular/materialistic worldview that is incompatible with Christ. The one hope for him derives from the fact that his heirs/friends wrote it, not him.

  2. I guess that would have been more obvious if the author wrote:
    “Born on ‘a’ Monday”…etc.

    Of course the timeline is an unknown lifetime. What gave it away for me, however, was the Wednesday account causing me to consider the high improbability of a three day old little person getting married.

    Too bad for Grundy that Friday’s account didn’t read “Born again on Friday”.

  3. Knowing your zeal for the lost, and for evangelizing in the same way as The Master, our Lord Jesus Christ,it is not surprising that D.D. knew the correct answer. My answer was the same because, although Solomon Grundy was “born on Monday”, nowhere does it say he was BORN AGAIN and, according to John 3;3 …”no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

  4. Great insights you all.

    Welcome back, Robert.

  5. Oh, I’ve been here, just didn’t have much to say. (my apologies, or my weakness, or both!)

  6. Robert,

    Glad you’ve been here; you always have great stuff to say.

    BTW, how close is Minnesota to Canada? Please meet Paul LaTour…

  7. You can be about 400 miles from Canada (eh) and still be in the Gopher State. I’m about 300 miles or so away, eh?

    And where in Canada is he, eh? :^)

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Will look up his ministry.

  8. So, like, Canada is where geese fly home to in spring when they finish vacationing in Disneyland. That is, the ones that survive the flight without getting blown to smithereens by some Gopher State trigger-happy (did I mention “war-mongering”) shooter in a camouflage painted pick-up! EH??

    FYI Robert: I’m in the Nation’s Capital. If you correctly name my home city, I’ll send you a million dollars CANADIAN ! It’s single bill. I am so rich, I give them out all the time to strangers…even Americans! 🙂

  9. Ottowa. Glad that you’d be sending a million Canadian, as I see that the Looney’s doing a lot better than the greenback lately. :^)

    Oh, and my pickup is white., and boy do I wish I’d been able to spend some time getting some (yummy) geese. I’ve been doing the siding on my house instead. :^)

  10. Swiiing and a miss! Sorry Robert. Close, yes, but no million dollar bill. Why? It’s not “Ottowa” as you spelled it, but: “Ottawa”. AND, I might add, it’s not a “Looney” but a “Loonie”. Depicted on one side of our one dollar coin, gracefully gliding along the surface of calm waters, is our beloved Canadian Loon…not Daffy Duck!

    Hey Robert, I am so thankful for Americans. They are so much fun to banter with. And I am not lacking. I get to banter back and forth with an American every single day…my wife! She is from a place in mid-state Illinois called…ready?…”Normal”. And in more ways than one, she is far from it!

    Praise God for good humor! He invented it. 🙂

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