Liedeken van LXXII vrienden, Een

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Een Liedeken van LXXII vrienden, is a Dutch Mennonite hymn of 25 stanzas by an unknown poet written to celebrate 72 martyrs who were executed at Antwerp, Belgium, in 1555-1560. It begins with the words "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader, ons clagen in deser tijt" (Hear, O God, heavenly Father, our lamentation in this time). The martyrs mentioned here are all found in the publications by Génard in the Antwerpsch Archievenblad but while Génard usually gives the names of the victims according to the records with their place of birth, the hymn mostly names them after their trades. The first of the 72 martyrs is Tanneken van der Leyen, executed on 5 October 1555, and the last one is Maeyken van Aken (Maeyken de Hont), who suffered death on 4 April 1560. The hymn, which has proved to be very accurate, was composed before 9 August 1560, for Jan de Tasmaker, who is obviously identical with Jan Cleeren (executed on this date), was still in prison—as the author expressly mentions—when the hymn was written. The hymn is found in the Dutch hymnbooks, Nieu Liedenboeck of 1562, Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren of 1563 and following editions, Tweede Liedeboeck of 1583.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 563-568. Available in full electronic text at:

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Liedeken van LXXII vrienden, Een." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 7 Aug 2020.,_Een&oldid=162703.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1957). Liedeken van LXXII vrienden, Een. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 August 2020, from,_Een&oldid=162703.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 339. All rights reserved.

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