Claudius, Matthias (1740-1815)

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Matthias Claudius. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Matthias Claudius (born 15 August 1740, died 21 January 1815) ) was a major lyric poet of Germany.  Much of his verse was moralizing or religious in character, even strongly pietistic in his later life, and was marked by simplicity and humor. He published many of his poems in the Wandsbecker Bote (Wandsbeck Messenger), of which he was the editor. One of these was a poem of seven lines, titled "Hinz und Menno," Hinz boasting in the first six lines of his extensive knowledge of morals, and Menno (Simons) replying in a single line in Dutch, "But do you act accordingly?" (Maar doet gy ook daarna?) The Church Hymnal (Mennonite Church) and the Mennonite Hymnary (General Conference Mennonite Church) both contain a poem written by Claudius, which was later set to music, viz., "We Plow the Fields and Scatter."


Aus Wandsbecker Boten des Matthias Claudius (Die Blauen Bücher). Leipzig, 1921: 14.

Author(s) Elizabeth Horsch Bender
Date Published 1953

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Bender, Elizabeth Horsch. "Claudius, Matthias (1740-1815)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 16 Jul 2024.,_Matthias_(1740-1815)&oldid=94182.

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Bender, Elizabeth Horsch. (1953). Claudius, Matthias (1740-1815). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 July 2024, from,_Matthias_(1740-1815)&oldid=94182.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 619-620. All rights reserved.

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