Dale (1797-1870) was a native of London. He was Canon of St. Paul's, and ultimately Dean of Rochester, and was the author of two volumes of sermons (1832-1836). A collection of his poems appeared in 1842. They are noteworthy for beauty and delicacy of diction, and for smoothness of versification. He was for some time Professor of English Literature at the London University, and subsequently at King's College. He was the author of The Widow of Nain, a poem; also of two volumes of sermons, published in 1830 and 1836.