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Joel Barlow, an American poet and diplomatist, born 1755. After an active and changeful life as chaplain, lawyer, editor, land-agent, lecturer, and consul, he went to Paris and acquired a fortune. On his return to America he was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to France (1811), but died near Cracow in 1812 on his way to meet Napoleon. His principal poem, The Columbiad (The Vision of Columbus), dealing with American history from the time of Columbus, was published in 1807.


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Quote Left No Raven's wing can stretch the flight so far As the torn bandrols of Napoleon's war.... Quote Right
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Quote Left One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars and the world will be better for this. Quote Right
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