Bruin, Claas (1671-1732)

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Claas Bruin, born 20 February 1671, often preached in the Amsterdam Bloemstraat Old Frisian church where his father was minister. He was himself never ordained, although he had great gifts in that field. Until his death (1732) he was a bookkeeper in a commercial firm.

In his youth his manifold talents were evident. He devoted himself especially to writing poetry. His first attempt was the "De Aardbeving" in 1692. He was also fond of using Bible stories. In 1724 he published Bijbelsche Tooneelpoëzy, containing "Abrahams Offerhande," "Sauls dood," "Davids gestrafte hoogmoed." Het leven van den Apostel Paulus, in dichtmaat afgebeelt, appeared in 1734 in Amsterdam. The best known of his numerous works are two travel books in poetry, Kleefsche en Zuid-Hollandsche Arkadia (Amsterdam, 1716) and Noordhollandsche Arkadia (Amsterdam, 1732). He may also be the Claas Bruin who wrote a poem under each of the pictures of Haemstede's Historie der Martelaren (Leiden, 1747). His poems were not particularly original or inspired, on the whole somewhat tedious, and their cumbersomeness will repel many a reader. But he was a skilled linguist, and as such is highly regarded by prominent men.


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Author(s) H. Westra
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Westra, H. and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Bruin, Claas (1671-1732)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 19 Sep 2021.,_Claas_(1671-1732)&oldid=144023.

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Westra, H. and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1953). Bruin, Claas (1671-1732). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 September 2021, from,_Claas_(1671-1732)&oldid=144023.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 450. All rights reserved.

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