Baudart, William

, a protestant divine, was born at Deinse in Flanders, in 1565, whence his parents being obliged to fly on account of their religion, he was brought first to Cologne, and afterwards to Embden, where he | studied with great assiduity and success the learned languages of the East and West. When admitted into holy orders, the church of Sueek in Friesland, and that of Zutphen, invited him to hecome their pastor. The famous Synod of Port, held in 1618 and 1619, appointed him, with BogerBian and Bucerus, to make a new translation of the Old Testament into Dutch. Bucerus died, and Baudart, after employing six years on the work, with his remaining colleague, died also at Zutphen in 1640. He was a man of uncommon industry, and so fond of literary employment that he chose for his motto “Labor mihi quies.” Besides this translation of the Bible, he published a supplement to Van Meteren’s history, containing affairs ecclesiastical and political from 1602 to 1624. This was published in Dutch, at Zutphen 1624, 2 vols. fol. His popish critics object to him that his orthodoxy has interfered rather too much with his impartiality. He also published “Polemographia Auriaco-Belgica,” a collection of two hundred and ninetynine engravings, with some illustrative Latin verses under each, 1621, 4to.; a similar collection of two hundred and eighty-five prints, representing the sieges, battles, &c. belong to the Belgic history, from 1559 to 1612, in oblong 4to and a collection of memorable apophthegms. This, if the same with what Foppen calls “Les Guerres de Nassau,” was published in 1616. 1