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We will not then repine,
Against our common foe.
More than conqueror through thy LORD,
Deck'd with an unfading crown.
We would not call thee back.
And mark the glorious track.
That brings us our release;
There shall we meet at last,
Shall seize this mortal frame,
To mix with hosts above,
How much we owe to Jesu's love.
The friendship here begun;
While endless ages run.
(Matthew vi. 28, 29.)
In scarlet robe, or spotless white ;
Whilst now thy splendours fix my sight.
The card, the spinning-wheel, the loom,
Have not thy goodly raiment wrought; Neither was thy enchanting bloom
Of any Tyrian merchant bought. The vernal sunbeam bade thee
grow, And rais'd thee from the moistep'd earth; Yet it surpasseth man to show
The nature of thy wondrous birth. God, gives thy clothing to adorn
The garden for a little time ; But when arrives the fatal morn,
The tempest blights thee in thy prime. Droopiog beneath the sultry ray,
Soon perishes thy rich attire; Thou ling’rest out a summer's day,
And then thy beauties all expire. How glorious was King Solomon,
When costly robes of every hue Around him in rich splendour shone ;
Yet richer tints on thee we view. Gay Lily, glow in all thy pride ;
But teach this lesson, comely weed, That I, for whom the SAVIOUR died,
Shall never proper garments need.
April 8, 1822.
germ of churches yet to be.
In every heart,--and may we dare
April 8, 1822.
We make it now our own ;
The blessings of thy throne.
Who would not seek thy face?
Who shall refuse thy grace ?
Shall I thy favour spurn?
Too obstinate to turu ?"
And take us for thine own;
With such a heart of stone!
Thy dreadful vengeance meet ;
Repenting at thy feet,
And so thy mercy shine ;
May every one be thine !
No. 69.] SEPTEMBER, 1822. [Vol. VI.
SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF
DAVID DALE, ESQ.,
Founder of the Lanark Cotton-Mills. Mr. Dale was one of those extraordinary men, who, at distant intervals, start up in society, evidently destined by Providence to confer distinguished lustre on the age and country which give them birth. Descended from parents who ranked no higher than shopkeepers, he received that education only which is usually given in small towns in Scotland, and his first employment was the herding of cattle ; after which he was sent to Paisley to learn the weaving business. From Paisley he removed to Hamilton, in the capacity of a journeyman weaver.
He afterwards settled at Glasgow, where he for some time acted as clerk to a silk-mercer. Industry, fidelity, and honour, however, were conspicuous in all his conduct, in the various stages through which he passed ; and they advanced him to the distinguished station in which he lived and died.
Assisted by some few friends, he began, and for several years carried on, business in the linen-yarn branch, importing French yarns from Flanders, which he sold with great advantage to the manufacturers. This suggested to him the idea of cotton-mills in the neighbourhood of Glasgow, and led to a connexion between Mr. Dale and Sir Richard ARKWRIGHT, which ended in the erection of various works on the Clyde, adapted to the spinning of cotton; and to forward his plan, several persons were sent into England to be instructed in the business. Thus originated the well-known Lanark Mills. , Dissolving the partnership with Sir Richard, Mr. Dale now conducted the business on his own account, and in process of time greatly enlarged it by the erection of other mills. And although the first of
the first of these establishments was destroyed by fire, he persevered, till a cluster of these works adorned a romantic situation, and furnished employment to thousands of industrious artificers. But it was not sufficient for Mr. Dale to have found them employment, and the means of subsistence; he established schools at all his factories, with suitable teachers, so that neither old nor young, were left without the means of instruction.
Knowing the very wretched state in which the Highland poor were placed, he gave them every ercouragement to come and settle at his Mills, and made various attempts also to introduce the cotton manufactories into the Highlands. Thus he became eminently a benefactor to his country His public benevolence, patriotic exertions, and private charities, have embalmed his memory; and the recollection of his virtues is engraved in the hearts of his cotemporaries, who will not fail to transmit his memorial to ages yet unborn.