Jacobus Revius

(1586-1658 / Netherlands)

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Jacobus Revius (born Jakob Reefsen) (Deventer, November 1586 - Leiden, 15 November 1658) was a Dutch poet, Calvinist theologian and church historian. His most renowned collection of poems, the Over-ysselsche Sangen en Dichten (1630), forms a high point of Dutch baroque.


Revius was born to Ryck Reefsen, the mayor of Deventer, during the Dutch Revolt. Not long after his ... more »

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Beautiful is gold, most beautiful of all metals.
Beautiful is alabaster and the airy crystals;
Beautiful is light, when the sun is about to set,
Beautiful is ivory and the rosy red coral;
Beautiful is May, with its countless flowers,
Beautiful is the sheer cloth with its prize of sores;
But that which must carry above all the crown—
Beautiful is Peace, most beautiful thing on Earth!—

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