Dirk Bax

Dirk Bax was born on February 17, 1793 in Rotterdam. He studied in Leiden and became a doctor in theology. He was a Dutch-Reformed minister in Ek-en-Wiel, Brielle and Zutphen. Mr Bax was also exceptionally gifted in mathematics and physics. After working ten years as a minister in Zutphen, he was offered a professorship in the disciplines in which he was twice awarded with gold. He was also a poet, a student of the German School and a translator. In 1837 he came to Rotterdam to lecture. During the night of April 27, fate took control. The common thought is that he felt in sleep with the light on. His clothes caught fire and the poet died in the burning house, he was 44 years old. He left behind a family in poverty: his wife Elizabeth Hendrina Wittigs and 6 children.

He used the Divine Name in the poem 'De Bergbewoner'. (which can be found in : 'Neerlands Letterkunde in de Negentiende Eeuw' - Bloemlezing ten gebruike bij de beoefening onzer letterkunde' - published in 1877 by D.A. Thieme.)


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