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Birgitte Katerine Boye

BOYE, Birgitte Katerine (née Johansen). b. Gentofte, Denmark, 7 March 1742; d. 17 October 1824. Born into a family in the king’s service, she was married to Herman Hertz, one of the king’s foresters. He was appointed forester of Vordingborg, in the south of Zealand, in 1763. Birgitte bore him four children, and also found time to study German, French and English: she translated hymns into Danish from these languages. She was discovered as a hymn writer when a new hymn book to replace that of Thomas Kingo* was contemplated in 1773. A call went out from the Society for the Advancement of the Liberal Arts to anyone ‘who had a desire and talent for writing sacred poetry’. Birgitte submitted 20...

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