Joel Barlow was an American poet, diplomat and politician.In his own time, Barlow was well known for the epic Vision of Columbus. Modern readers may be more familiar with "The Hasty Pudding" (1793). He also partly drafted the Treaty of Tripoli, which includes the controversial and disputed phrase: "...the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion...".
Barlow was born in Redding, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He briefly attended Dartmouth College before graduating from Yale University in 1778, where he was also a post-graduate student for two years. In 1778, he published an ... more »
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Joel Barlow Poems
The Hasty Pudding
Ye Alps audacious, through the heavens that rise, To cramp the day and hide me from the skies;
Advice To A Raven In Russia (1812)
Black fool, why winter here? These frozen skies, Worn by your wings and deafen'd by your cries, Should warn you hence, where milder suns invite,
Psalm CXXXVII The Babylonian Captivity
ALONG the banks where Babel's current flows Our captive bands in deep despondence stray'd, While Zion's fall in sad remembrance rose, Her friends, her children mingled with the dead.
Vision Of Columbus - Book 1
Long had the Sage, the first who dared to brave The unknown dangers of the western wave, Who taught mankind where future empires lay
The Columbiad: Book I
I sing the Mariner who first unfurl'd An eastern banner o'er the western world, And taught mankind where future empires lay
The Columbiad: Book X
Hesper again his heavenly power display'd, And shook the yielding canopy of shade. Sudden the stars their trembling fires withdrew.
On The Discoveries Of Captain Lewis (Jan...
Let the Nile cloak his head in the clouds, and defy The researches of science and time; Let the Niger escape the keen traveller's eye,
The Columbiad: Book VIII
Hail, holy Peace, from thy sublime abode Mid circling saints that grace the throne of God! Before his arm around our embryon earth
The Columbiad: Book VI
But of all tales that war's black annals hold, The darkest, foulest still remains untold; New modes of torture wait the shameful strife, And Britain wantons in the waste of life.
Vision Of Columbus - Book 5
Columbus hail'd them with a father's smile, Fruits of his cares and children of his toil; With tears of joy, while still his eyes descried
The Columbiad: Book II
High o'er his world as thus Columbus gazed, And Hesper still the changing scene emblazed, Round all the realms increasing lustre flew,
Vision of Columbus – Book 2
High o'er the changing scene, as thus he gazed, The indulgent Power his arm sublimely raised; When round the realms superior lustre flew,
Vision Of Columbus - Book 4
In one dark age, beneath a single hand, Thus rose an empire in the savage land. Her golden seats, with following years, increase,
The First American Congress
Columbus looked; and still around them spread, From south to north, th' immeasurable shade; At last, the central shadows burst away,
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The Hasty Pudding
A POEM IN THREE CANTOS
Ye Alps audacious, through the heavens that rise,
To cramp the day and hide me from the skies;
Ye Gallic flags, that o'er their heights unfurled,
Bear death to kings, and freedom to the world,
I sing not to you. A softer theme I choose,
A virgin theme, unconscious of the muse,
But fruitful, rich, well suited to inspire
The purest frenzy of poetic fire.
Despise it not, ye bards to terror steeled,
Who hurl your thunders round the epic field;
Nor ye who strain your midnight throats to sing
Joys that the vineyard...