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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV. 1876–79.

Holland: Delft

Hugo de Groot

By Gerard Brandt (1626–1685)

Translated by John Bowring

DELFT! envy not the Maese,—let her Erasmus claim:

De Groot is great as he,—his glorious end and aim

Were Holland’s happiness; but discord would not heed,

And unity was lost in difference of creed.

Could Holland’s provinces have shared his noble mind,

United Netherland had still remained combined.