Peter Andreas Heiberg

(1758-1841 / Denmark)

Peter Andreas Heiberg
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Peter Andreas Heiberg (November 16, 1758 – April 30, 1841) was a Danish author and philologist. He was born in Vordingborg, Denmark. The Heiberg ancestry can be traced back to Norway, and has produced a long line of priests, headmasters and other learned men. Peter Andreas Heibergs father was the Norwegian-born headmaster of the grammar school in Vordingborg, Ludvig Heiberg, while his mother was Inger Margrethe, daughter of the vicar at the manor of Vemmetofte Peder Heiberg, a relative of Ludvig Heiberg, and Inger Hørning, who came from a family of wealthy Danish merchants.

His father died when Heiberg was just two years old, and his mother moved with the children to live with her... more »

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For Ret Os Paa Jorden At Fryde,

For ret os paa Jorden at fryde,
vi skabtes til Frihed af Gud;
fornuftige Love vi lyde,
men ingens vilkaarlige Bud.
Held os! Held os!
Naar dig, ædle Frihed! vi have,
lyd høit! vor Sang!
Hvert Baand og hver Lænke til Trods.

Himmelske Frihed! Skabernes Gave!
kom og opreis din Trone blandt os!


Naturen os dannede lige,
og Adel er ikkun en Lyd;
ja, ene bør Mennesket vige
for høiere Kundskab og Dyd.
Held os! Held os!
Naar fødsel ei meer os skal trykke!
Lyd høit! vor Sang!
Al Stolthed og Dumhed til trods!

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