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Gomer (Gommer) de Metser (Gomer the mason), in the records called Gommare de Clercq, was an Anabaptist martyr, a mason by trade. He was a native of Lier in Brabant. He was arrested in Antwerp and put to death there on 1 February 1560, together with Pedro de Soza and Jacob Schot. They were executed by drowning in a tub, a method ordinarily used only for women. Gomer remained steadfast. He is celebrated in the song "Aenhoert Godt hemelsche Vader" (Hear, O God, heavenly Father), found in the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren, No. 16.

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde 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: II, 270.

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: 640. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad: IX, 6, 11; XIV, 28 f., No. 311.

Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 567.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop: B. De Graaf, 1965: 63, 72.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Gomer de Metser (d. 1560)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 18 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gomer_de_Metser_(d._1560)&oldid=107623.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Gomer de Metser (d. 1560). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gomer_de_Metser_(d._1560)&oldid=107623.




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