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’.

 

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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.