Joel Barlow

Joel Barlow
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Short Name: Joel Barlow
Full Name: Barlow, Joel, 1754-1812
Birth Year: 1754
Death Year: 1812

Barlow, Joel, born at Reading, Connecticut, 1755 [sic], graduated at Yale 1778, and died near Cracow, Poland, 1812, He was well known as an author and politician during and after the American Revolution. His publications include Hasty Pudding; Columbia, &c. In 1785, at the request of the (Congregational) General Association of Connecticut, he corrected and enlarged Dr. Watts's Psalms, supplying those omitted by Watts, and adapting the whole to American thought and circumstances. This work, published in 1786, went through various editions, and, although officially superseded by Dwight in 1800, it continued to be issued for many years after. Its title is somewhat curious as setting forth its design. It reads:— Psalms carefully suited to the Christian Worship in the United States of America, being Dr. Watts’ Imitation of the Psalms of David, as improved by Mr. Barlow. Of his renderings of the Psalms, there are still in common use:—
1. Awake, my soul, to sound His praise. Ps. cviii. This is No. 233 in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, and other collections.
2. Lord,Thou hast scourged our guilty land. Ps. lx. Altered from Watts. Also in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, No. 1312.
3. Our land, O Lord, with songs of praise. Ps. xxxi . In the Philadelphia Presbyterian Hymnal, 1874.
4. In Thee, great God, with songs of praise. National Hymn. This is No. 3 in a slightly different form. It is No. 962 in N. Adams's Church Pastorals, Boston, 1804. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Joel Barlow (March 24, 1754 – December 26, 1812) was an American poet, diplomat, and politician. In politics, he supported the French Revolution and was an ardent Jeffersonian. In his own time, Barlow was known especially for the epic Vision of Columbus, though modern readers may be more familiar with The Hasty-Pudding (1793). He also helped draft the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, which includes the phrase: "the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion".

Texts by Joel Barlow (27)sort descendingAsInstances
Almighty God appear and saveJoel Barlow (Alterer)1
Along the banks where Babel's current flowsJoel Barlow (Author)33
And why will God neglect my call?Barlow (Author)2
Awake, my soul, to shout his praiseJoel Barlow, 1755-1812 (Author)44
Behold, O God, what cruel foesJoel Barlow (Author)4
From foes that round us riseBarlow (Author)2
Great God, attend my humble callBarlow (Author)8
Great God, attend to my complaintBarlow (Author)7
Great God, who formed for social joysBarlow (Author)2
Had not the God of truth and loveJoel Barlow (Author)7
Happy the man to whom his GodJoel Barlow (Author)1
In anger, Lord, rebuke me notJoel Barlow (Author)5
In haste, O God, attend my callJoel Barlow (Author)3
In thee, great God, with songs of praiseJoel Barlow (Author)19
Judge me, O God, and plead my cause Against a sinful raceBarlow (Author)3
Let earth, with every isle and seaJoel Barlow (Author)12
Lord, let our humble cryJoel Barlow (Author)4
Lord, thou hast scourged our guilty landJoel Barlow (Author)21
O God of my salvation, hear, My nightly groans, my daily prayerJoel Barlow (Author)8
Our land, O Lord, with songs of praiseJoel Barlow (Alterer)1
Protect us Lord from fatal harmJoel Barlow (Author)3
Thus the eternal Father spakeJoel Barlow (Author)15
To thee, most high and holy GodBarlow (Author)1
To thee, O God of truth and loveJoel Barlow (Alterer)1
To thee, O Lord, I raise my criesJoel Barlow (Author)1
Why should the haughty hero boastBarlow (Author)2
Why should the mighty make their boastBarlow (Author)7

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