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Dirck Jansz, an Anabaptist martyr of Bocholt, was sentenced to be burned at the stake at Leiden, Holland, on 24 November 1552, together with Heynric Dircsz and Adriaen Cornelisz. These brethren, who steadfastly suffered martyrdom, are celebrated in a song found in the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren: "Ick magh wel droeflijek singen, in desen tijt van noot" (I must sing sadly in this time of distress). According to Karel Vos, Leidsch Jaarboekje 1918, 36 ff., Dirck Jansz is the author of a song that he composed while in prison, beginning "Waket doch op met grooten vlijt" (Awake with zeal). It is found in the hymnbook Een nieu Liedenboeck of 1562 and the following editions.

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685: Part II, 133.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 526. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer : ein Beitrag zur deutschen und niederländischen Litteratur- und Kirchengeschichte. Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1965: 61.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Dirck Jansz (d. 1552)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 23 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dirck_Jansz_(d._1552)&oldid=120155.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Dirck Jansz (d. 1552). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dirck_Jansz_(d._1552)&oldid=120155.




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