Poets

Jan Theodoor Van Rijswijck

"May 10, 1849, was a day of national mourning for the Flemish homeland. Between a huge, swelling throng of people, who were filling the streets of Antwerp, a funeral procession slowly moved, followed by thousands of people, coming from all regions of the motherland, to pay their last respects to the beloved people's poet Theodoor Van Rijswijck, who was being carried to his grave" - these were the first lines of the foreword written by J. Staes in the book which contains the poems of Van Rijswijck.

Jan Theodoor Van Rijswijck was born in Antwerp on July 8, 1811 as the son of a teacher who had bestowed upon his children a love for poetry, by reading books from masters like Vondel, Cats and others. According to a biography Theodoor was in this order: a student-sculptor, a painter of ornaments, an assistant-teacher and a clerk at a bank. He was also a poet, it is said that he was a 'political criticists poet' and a 'lovable poet of the common people'. The last months of his life he spent in an institution for the mentally ill. He died on May 7, 1849 aged almost 38.

Theodoor Van Rijswijck often used the Divine Name in his published poems:

 

 

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In the poem...

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Part II - starting page 179

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From page 195, this poem (complete):

 

This poem also uses the Divine Name:

 

From page 214 the poem:

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And finally in PART III - page 27 and 28...

 

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