Joel Barlow

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Born: 24 Mar 1754 in Reading, Connecticut

Died: 26 Dec 1812 near Cracow, Poland


Joel Barlow "was well known as an author and politician during and after the American Revolution… 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 This work, published in 1786, went through various editions, and, although officially superseded by Dwight in 1800, it continued to be issued for many years after" (Julian 1907)

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  • Barlow, Joel. 1785. A Translation of Sundry Psalms Which Were Omitted in Dr. Watts's Version. Hartford, Connecticut: Barlow and Babcock. 14 pp.
  • Barlow, Joel. 1786. 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. Philadelphia: William Young.
  • Barlow, Joel. 1970. The Works of Joel Barlow in Two Volumes. Introduction by William K. Bottorff and Arthur L. Ford. Gainesville, Florida: Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints. Volume 1, Prose, 586 pp. Volume 2, Poetry, 448 pp.

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