Aloïs Walgrave

Aloïs Walgrave was a Flemish poet and prose writer.

Aloïs was born on 9 February 9, 1876 in Ghent. His education included studies in Thomism and traditional philology. Thomism is a philosophical school formed to the spread the ideas and work of Thomas of Aquino, an Italian philosopher and theologian from the 13th century. Philology is a branch of linguistics which is aimed particularly at dead languages. After further studies at the Great Seminary at Mechelen he became a pastor at Vollezele in 1920.

In the book “The Dutch and Flemish authors” (1985) by G.J. van Bork and P.J. Verkruijsse, the following is written about him: “He tried to renovate Bible drama and became especially known as a poet of religious and nature poetry similar to Guido Gezelle, for whom he nourished a great admiration.”

Amongst his known works are ‘Stille stonden - ‘Silent Houres’ (1905), 'De blindgeborene' - ‘The blind born’ (1907), 'Noodkreet' – ‘Cry for help’ (1908), 'Zingende snaren' – Singing Chords (1909), 'Het spel van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw, of Maria's leven' – ‘The play of Our Lady, or Mary's life ' (1910), 'Vrede op aarde' – ‘Peace on Earth’ (1911), 'Jeugddroomen' – ‘Childhood dreams’ (1913), 'Gedichtengroei’ - Growth of Poems' (1914) en 'Het leven van Guido Gezelle, Vlaamschen priester en dichter' – The Life of Guido Gezelle, Flemish priest and poet (1923-1924).

Aloïs Walgrave died in Brugge on February 28, 1930, just two weeks after he had reached 54 years of age.


We found the use of God’s name in two publications. In the first book he uses ‘Jehovah’. In the second book he uses ‘Jehovah’ and ‘Jahveh’.

In the book ‘De Blindgeborene’ – ‘The Blind born’ of 1907:




Page 26 and 27


Page 32


Page 35


Page 44



In the book 'Het spel van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw, of Maria's leven' – ‘The play of Our Lady, or Mary's life ' of 1910.



Page 37 and 38


Page 40 and 41



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