Manuel Lago González

Category: Priest, poet, writer
Birth Date: 26th October 1865 (†19th March 1925)
Birth Place: Tui (Pontevedra)

He studied Secondary Education at the Seminary. As he had ecclesiastic vocation, he studied Arts, Philosophy, Teology and Canon Law. In 1886, he improved in Santiago his knowledge about Greek and Hebrew. In 1888, he was ordained as priest. He became a member of the Seminary of Galician Studies in 1924.

 Work & Activities

Manuel Lago González wrote several books about religious themes. As a poet he wrote many poems, sixty-two of which are written in Galician language. His first poems were written about the year 1880. In this year he published the poem Al Aloya in the newspaper El Eco del Miño. He also published other poems in newspapers such as La Integridad, El Norte de Galicia, Galicia Diplomática or Galicia Católica. In this poems, Manuel Lago wrote about nature and the memories of his youth in his native town. He also wrote historical poems and others about Christmas and the Virgin. Besides, four of his poems (Alborada, San Campio, Fror Nova and O neno Xesús) were set to music by José Torres Crego.

 Other Interesting Aspects

The Galician Academy dedicated him ?O Día das Letras Galegas? (The Day of the Galcian Letters) in 1973. University was given his library of about 7.000 volumes. They were place in a room, which was formally opened in 1929.