"Joel Barlow" was an American poet, diplomat, and politician. In politics he supported the French Revolution and was an ardent Jeffersonian democracy/Jeffersonian.
In his own time, Barlow was well known for the epic The Columbiad/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 controversial and disputed phrase: "...the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..."If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous poets! More Joel Barlow on Wikipedia.