Edward Bernard Koster was born in London but grew up in the Netherlands. He studied classical languages in Leiden and graduated with a thesis entitled Studia tragico-homerica. In 1897 Koster became a teacher in Den Haag. Although he wrote mainly nature poetry, the epic parts are more highly regarded. Koster also wrote studies on William Shakespeare and translated many of his works. He also translated many other classical works from Greek, Latin, Italian and German including Lessing’s Nathan the Wise. The Sportlied in het Stadion (Sports song in the stadium) was published in 1929 in the Journal “Nederland. Proza en poëzie van Nederlandsche auteurs”.