Leon De Meyere

Leon De Meyere (died 28 December 1630) was a poet from Antwerp about whom very little is known.

Leon De Meyere
Died28 December 1630
LanguageFrench and Latin
Educationlicentiate in laws (civil and canon)
Subjectpolitical verse, Marian devotion
Notable worksPoëme. Advis pour la paix de Belgique (1598).
Years active1594–1613

Life and writingEdit

His earliest known work, which identifies him as a licentiate of laws, was a poem in French celebrating the reception of Archduke Ernest of Austria as governor general of the Habsburg Netherlands in 1594, Prosopopée d'Anvers à la bienvenue du Sérénissime prince Ernest. Four years later, at the reception of Albert and Isabella as rulers of the Habsburg Netherlands, he brought out Poëme. Advis pour la paix de Belgique (1598), a policy paper in verse. This was a controversial piece that elicited an unfavourable Responce au Poeme d'advis pour la paix Belgique (1598).

In 1599 De Meyere was appointed provost of the church of St Pharaildis in Ghent. During his time in Ghent he became friendly with local poet Maximiliaan de Vriendt and published two Latin orations on Marian themes, one for the Feast of the Annunciation and one for the Assumption. In 1615 he transferred to the collegiate church in Harelbeke, where he remained until his death.