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Terezinha de Jesus
(Brazilian Kids Song)

Terezinha de Jesus
Little Theresa of Jesus
Children's Song
Children's Song

Terezinha de Jesus - Brazilian Children's Songs - Brazil - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World, Intro Image

Terezinha de Jesus,
Deu uma queda foi a chão.
Acudiu três cavalheros,
Todos três chapéu na mão.

O primeiro foi seu pai,
O segundo seu irmão,
O terceiro foi aquele
Que a Tereza deu a mão.

Terezinha levantou-se
Levantou-se lá do chão
E sorrindo disse ao noivo
Eu te dou meu coração.

Da laranja quero um gomo,
Do limão quero um pedaço,
Da morena mais bonita,
Quero um beijo e um abraço.

Little Theresa of Jesus
Fell down on the ground.
Three gentlemen came to her rescue,
All three hat in hand.

The first one was her father,
The second was her brother
The third was the one to
Whom Theresa gave her hand.

Little Theresa rose,
She rose from the ground
And, smiling, she said to her sweetheart
"I give you my heart."

From the orange I want a segment,
From the lemon I want a piece
From the prettiest brown skinned girl
I want a kiss and a hug.
You can hear the 1st, 2nd and 4th verses of this song sung below...
You can hear all 4 verses of this song recited below...


I asked Ana Ruellon from Portugal if she knew who Little Theresa of Jesus is. Here's her reply:

"I think this song must be Portuguese... It seems familiar to me. It may be an ancient song.

This Terezinha de Jesus is Thérèse of Lisieux or Saint Thérèse of the Infant Jesus (from France) and in my comprehension the third man should be Jesus himself, for as a nun, she would be his wife."

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Lainie Thornton for contributing 3 verses of this song and helping with the translation, and to Monique Palomares for the midi music and the English translation. Thanks to Sandra Esper for the correction. Many thanks to Dimaz Restivo for contributing the missing (3rd) verse. Thanks to Ana Ruellon for her commentary.

Image: Wikipedia

Thanks to Lainie Thornton for singing 3 verses of Terezinha de Jesus for us!

Thanks to Dimaz Restivo for singing and reciting all four verses.


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