On 20th October 1822 Isaac da Costa, his wife Hannah Belmonte (from a famous related Marrano family) and his friend Abraham Capadose were baptised.
Da Costa came from a distiguished Sephardi family, was related to Uriel Acosta (yes, residents of the MRC!) and economist David Ricardo. He was a student of the great Dutch poet Bilderdijk, who he succeeded as Holland’s formost poet. He published poetry, history and many other articles, always affirming his Jewish identity and faith in the Messiah Yeshua.
Many thanks to Annemarij Sutton for supplying the translation of the poem by Da Costa –
To Reverend Egelink,
As Creator of the Universe,
As Victorious Protoganist of the Abyss,
And as Spirit who lifts the heart upwards.
The Father who Is and before it Was,
Whose eternal ordinance has appointed
merely for the Son
unsealed the creatures fate
Whose wisdom never fails,
Before time and space was
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