Elisabeth's Manly Courage: Testimonials and Songs of Martyred Anabaptist Women in the Low Countries

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SOETKEN van den HOUTE

Een Testament, gemaeckt by Soetken van den Houte, het welcke sy binnen Gendt in Vlaenderen metten Doodt bevesticht heeft, Anno. M.D. ende LX den xxvij. Novenbris, Ende haeren kinderen David, Betken ende Tanneken tot een Memorie ende voor het alder beste Goet heeft naghelaten, Als een jegelick Leesen mach.

Och mijn lieve kinderkens dit hebbe ic geschreven met tranen, u lieden vermanende uut liefden, met een vierich herte, voor u biddende, oft mogelic waer, dat ghy van dit geval bevonden mocht worden, want als uwen vader my ontnomen was, so en hebbe ic my selven niet ghespaert, dach noch nacht, om u lieden op te brengen, ende mijn Gebet ende sorge was altijt om uwer salicheydt, ende noch binnen bande zijnde, heeft dat altijt mijn meeste sorge gheweest, om dat ic u na mijn voorsicticheit niet beter beschicken konste, want als my gheseydt was, dat ghy na Oudenarden ende van daer na Brugge gheleydt waert, dat viel my so swaer, dat ick gheen meerder droeffenisse ghehadt en hebbe, Maer als ick dachte, dat mijn sorghe oft beschicken niet helpen en mocht, ende datmen scheyden moet, van alle datmen lief heeft in dese wereldt om Christus wille, soe hebbe ic dat al inden wille des HEEREN ghestelt hoopende noch altijt ende biddende, dat hy u lieden bewaren wil in zijnder bermherticheydt, ghelijck hy Joseph, Moysen, ende Daniel bewaerde, onder die Godtloose Minschen, ende het sal u alsoo ghelucken, ist dat ghy u beneerstiget te schicken na die waerheydt, soo sal die Enghel des Heeren met u zijn [Tobi.6., Dani.13.], ghelijck hy was met Tobias, hem leydende, tot dat hy hem brochte in zijns Vaders huys, daer hy hem verblijde met zijnen Vader ende vrienden, Godt danckende van zijnder grooter goetheydt. […]

David mijn lieve Kindt, ick wil u hier mede den HEERE bevelen, ghy zijt die Outste, leert wysheyt, op dat ghy u Susterkens goet Exempel gheeft, ende wacht u van quaede Geselschap, ende van achter straten te spellen met de quade knechten, maer leert seer leesen ende schryven, op dat ghy verstandich wordt, ende hebt

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