I do not know much about him, but a small bit of internet researching delivers some details on Richard Lawson Gales (1862-1927). Born in Littlehampton, he read English as Oxford University and won the Newdigate prize in 1886; a prize for the best composition of English verse by an undergraduate. He was ordained in 1888 and became the curate of Stanwick (1888-1895), then Kirby in Cleveland (1895-1896), Wanborough (1896-1907) and finally Gedney, Lincolnshire. I wonder if he met the Haslemere Peasant Arts movement whilst in Wanborough? This is approximately 15 miles away from Haslemere. Archive.org has a number of mostly poetry books by R. L. Gales here, it includes titles such as A Posy of Folk Songs, Ballads & Carols and The Vanished Country Folk.
In A Posy of Folk Songs (October 1912) for example: