The Shepherd’s Song.
Title:The Shepherd’s Song.
Date:September 27th 1862
Keywords:industry, religion, war
This poem celebrates the achievements of Bolton-born Samuel Crompton (1753-1827), the inventor of the spinning mule, which revolutionised textile production, including both wool and cotton. The fourth and fifth stanzas appear to attribute the ability to bring peace to nations to the invention, probably referring to hopes that the pressure to resume cotton manufacture to the benefit of all might help bring about a cessation of hostilities in the American Civil War. It was not uncommon for celebrants of free trade and industry to claim that they provided a vital geopolitical equilibrium, even though cotton had clearly been used as an economic weapon by both the Southern states and the Union. – SR