Ingemann, Bernhardt Severin
b Thorkildstrup (or Tockildstrup) on the island of Falster, Denmark 1789, d Sorø, Zealand (Sjaelland), Denmark 1862. The son of a Lutheran pastor, he fought in the defence of Copenhagen against the British a year after entering the Univ there; one result was the destruction by fire of his early writings. Following graduation his literary career was maintained for some years by a grant for residence in Walkendorf’s Collegium. After using a travelling scholarship from 1820 to 1822, he returned to become Lector (or Prof) of Danish Language and Literature at the Academy of Sorø. His hymns, one of which has made its mark in English translation, appeared in two main collections in 1822 and 1825 (enlarged 1843), and in 1855 he compiled the church hymnal Psalmebog. As well as these he also wrote poems, songs, stories for children and a series of patriotic historical romances set in medieval times. His collected works were published in 34 vols, and on his 70th birthday the children of Denmark presented him with a large golden horn decorated with figures from his stories and verses. No.588.