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Viktoria! Viktoria!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Viktoria! Viktoria! 
Der kleine weiße Zahn ist da.
Du Mutter! komm, und Groß und Klein
Im Hause! kommt, und kuckt hinein,
Und seht den hellen weißen Schein.  

Der Zahn soll Alexander heißen.
»Du liebes Kind! Gott halt' ihn dir gesund,
Und geb' dir Zähne mehr in deinen kleinen Mund
Und immer was dafür zu beißen!«

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Matthias Claudius Werke. Erster Band, Original-Ausgabe, Gotha, Friedrich Andreas Perthes, 1865, pages 80-81.

Note: "Viktoria" is spelled "Victoria" in Loewe's edition.

Submitted by Lawrence Snyder


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) , title 1: "The tooth", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2015-10-13 09:53:24
Line count: 9
Word count: 55

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The tooth

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Victoria! Victoria! 
The little white tooth has come!
Mother! come! Everyone in the house
Large and small! come and peer in
And see the bright, white shine!

The tooth shall be called Alexander.
"Dear child! May God keep it healthy for you,
And give you more teeth in your tiny mouth,
As well as plenty to chew with them!"

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815), "Motetto, als der erste Zahn durch war"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2015-10-13 09:53:34
Line count: 9
Word count: 59