He was brought up a Mennonite. Early civic fame as a poet came to him in Amsterdam, when he was rewarded by his with a laurel crown and a silver dish for a poem in honour of the new town hall. A poem inscribed to Queen Christina of Sweden, a literary patron, entitled De Zweedsche Pallas ("The Swedish Pallas"), brought him a golden chain.
In 1651, he was received into the Catholic Church, together with forty-three others, as is shown by manuscript records of the Society of Jesus (Lit. annuae Soc. Jes., in the Burgundian Library at Brussels, VI, No. 21818b fo 300, ao 1651). He proceeded to Rome, where he became secretary to Cardinal Luigi Capponi, and received from Pope Innocent X a gold medal for his poetical labours. In 1655 he was presented to Queen Christina, to whom he dedicated new poems.
His collected works were published in 1713. They include a tragedy, "The Parisian Blood-Bridal" (De parysche bloed-bruiloff), dealing with the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. He wrote an epic on The Plague at Naples.
- Peter Paul Maria Alberdingk Thijm in Kirchenlexikon;
- ____, in the Dietsache Warande (Amsterdam);
- ____, Spiegel van Nederlandsche Letteren (Louvain, 1877, II, III).