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’:
Flow down, Cold Rivulet &c.
Tears, idle tears.
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,