1754–1812
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March 24, 1754, Red­ding, Con­nec­ti­cut.

De­cem­ber 26, 1812, near Kra­ków, Po­land, of pneu­mon­ia.

Church­yard in Żar­no­wiec, Po­land.

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While a col­lege stu­dent, Bar­low fought in the 1776 Battle of Long Is­land, New York. He grad­u­at­ed from Yale Un­i­ver­si­ty in 1778, and was a well known au­thor and pol­i­ti­cian dur­ing and af­ter the Am­er­i­can re­vo­lu­tion. U.S. Pres­i­dent James Mon­roe made him Am­er­i­can am­bas­sa­dor to France.

Barlow’s pub­li­ca­tions in­clude Has­ty Pud­ding, Co­lum­bia, and the ep­ic poem The Vi­sion of Co­lum­bus. In 1785, at the re­quest of the (Con­gre­ga­tion­al) Gen­er­al As­so­ci­a­tion of Con­nec­ti­cut, he cor­rect­ed and en­larged WattsPsalms of Da­vid, sup­ply­ing those omit­ted by Watts, and ad­apt­ing it to Am­er­i­can tastes. The work, pub­lished in 1786, went through various editions for many years. Its curious title is: 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.

  1. Along the Banks Where Ba­bel’s Cur­rent Flows
  2. Awake, My Soul! to Sound His Praise
  3. Judge Me, O God, and Plead My Cause
  4. Lord, Thou Hast Scourged Our Guil­ty Land
  5. Our Land, O Lord, with Songs of Praise
  6. In Thee, Great God, with Songs of Praise