Haren, Willem van

Haren, Willem van

(vĭl`əm vän hä`rən), 1710–68, Dutch poet, b. Friesland, of a noble family. His chief work is an epic poem, Friso (1741). His brother, Onno Zwier van Haren, 1713–79, also a poet, wrote patriotic verse, notably a series about the GueuxGueux
[Fr.,=beggars], 16th-century Dutch revolutionary party. In 1566 more than 2,000 Dutch and Flemish nobles and burghers (both Protestants and Roman Catholics) signed a document—the so-called Compromise of Breda—by which they bound themselves in solemn oath to
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, entitled first Aan de Vaderland (1769), in final form De Geusen (1772).
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