Artonius (Originally Krzesikhleb, “cuT-bread), peTer
Artonius (Originally Krzesikhleb, "Cut-Bread"), Peter A Polish ecclesiastical poet, was born at Groziski (Great Poland), July 26,1552. After having studied at Wittenberg, he returned to Poland, where he displayed great zeal in behalf of Lutheranism, and was for twenty-three years Protestant minister at Thorn, where he died, Aug. 2, 1609. He wrote, Kancyonal, to iest Piesni Chrescianskie (Thorn, 1758), a collection of sacred songs:-Thanatomachia Smiercia (ibid. 1600):-Diceta Duszna (ibid. 1601), a reply to an attack against the preceding work :-Nomenclator Rerum, Appellationes Tribus Linguis, Latina, Germanica, Polonica, Explicatas Judicans (ibid. 1597; reprinted 1684). The hymns of Artomius are very highly esteemed, and they are still used in the Protestant churches of Poland.. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.