‘O Utreght, Lieve Stad…’

Poems in Dutch by Anna Maria van Schurman
  • Pieta Van Beek
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 146)


In this article I discuss Anna Maria van Schurman’ s poem ‘Aenmerckinghe Over ‘t onderschijt tussen UITRECHT en CEULEN’ (‘Observation on the difference between Utrecht and Cologne’) in the light of her other Dutch poetry. ‘Aenmerckinghe’ deals with the time Van Schurman spent in Cologne, which she regarded as a period of exile.1 Issues of faith are the principal theme in this comparison between Utrecht and Cologne. Indeed, religious matters are an essential aspect of Van Schurman’ s surviving poetic oeuvre in Dutch — limited though it is — and this raises the question of whether she considered Dutch as the appropriate language in which to express her religious conviction.


Spiritual Life Religious Conviction Religious Matter Classical Mythology Latin Poem 
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  1. 18.
    een Edel Swaen: (a noble Swan) Utricia Swann-Ogle.Google Scholar
  2. 43.
    voet stars: a pun on the name of Voetius as a star, a shining leader. HERDER: shepherd — Christ. See 1 Peter 2:21–25.Google Scholar
  3. 50.
    see Ezekiel 11:19.Google Scholar
  4. 51.
    see Luke 4:18.Google Scholar
  5. 52.
    see Isaiah 12:3.Google Scholar
  6. 54.
    see James 1:12.Google Scholar
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    see Isaiah 11:9.Google Scholar
  8. 71.
    see 2 Timothy 2:15.Google Scholar
  9. 75.
    see Romans 8:13. Colossians 3:5.Google Scholar
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  11. 84.
    see Psalms 18:30. Philippians 4:13.Google Scholar
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    see 2 Corinthians 5:16.Google Scholar
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    voet: spiritual food. Another pun on Voetius.Google Scholar
  18. 119.
    Man: Manna, the divine food of the Israelites in the desert.Google Scholar
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    see Ephesians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 12:2; 1 Corinthians 12:27.Google Scholar
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