Frans Dammasz (d. 1545)

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Frans Dammasz (Frans van Bolsward, or Francis of Bolsweert), an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake, 28 March 1545 at Leeuwarden, Dutch province of Friesland, having been seized because of his refusal to give an oath. In prison he wrote the song, "Wei hem die in Gods vreeze staat" (Blessed is the man, who is God-fearing), which is included in the Dutch hymnbook Veelderhande Liedekens of 1569 and many other Dutch songbooks, and Wackernagel, Lieder, 97. This song, translated into German, "Wol dem der in Gottes Forchten steht," is also found in the old Anabaptist German hymnbook, Ein schön Gesängbüchlein Geistlicher Lieder. At his execution his flesh had miraculously refused to burn, according to the song, "Verhuecht u Gods kinder alletijt," in Het Offer des Heeren.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 505-509.

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, 71.

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: 472. Available online at:

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Author(s) Karel Vos
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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