Edward Lear, letter to Emily Lady Tennyson, 8 October 1853

Lear published four of his piano settings of Alfred’s poems, ‘inscribed to Mrs Alfred Tennyson’:


  1. Flow down, Cold Rivulet &c.

  2. Edward Gray.

  3. Tears, idle tears.

  4. Wind of the Western Sea.


Emily, who composed her own settings of Alfred's poetry, was especially fond of Lear’s version of ‘Edward Gray’.



Dear Mrs Tennyson,

         I write a hasty line to say that I have left a set of the songs with Franklin Lushington, for your acceptance. —

        You will be sorry to hear that my lungs & throat are so much worse that I am going off at once to see the “Palms & temples of the South.”

        I hope you & Alfred will like the new house. I wish I could see you, but I shall wait to see my friends with comfort in heaven — for in England is none for me. —

                                    My love to Tennyson, & believe me, Dear Mrs. Tennyson,

                                                      Yours most sincerely,

                                                      Edward Lear.