Poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Illustrated by Edward Lear. London and New York: Boussod, Valadon & Co., 1889.
Edward Lear’s Tennyson. With and Introduction and commentary by Ruth Pitman. Manchester-New York, Carcanet, 1988.
Beside the music for two of his own Laughable Lyrics, “The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò” and “The Pelican Chorus,” Lear published two books of arrangements of Alfred Tennyson’s poems. Since he was not a trained musician, Lear engaged Edward Francis Rimbault to notate his performance of the songs:
Poems and Songs by Alfred Tennyson, set to music and inscribed to Mrs Alfred Tennyson by Edward Lear. London: Cramer, Beale & Co., 1853.
Includes four settings: “Edward Gray,” “A Farewell,” “Tears, Idle Tears,” and “Sweet and Low.”
Poems and Songs by Alfred Tennyson, set to music and inscribed to Mrs Alfred Tennyson by Edward Lear. London: Cramer, Beale & Co., 1859.
Reprints the first four settings and adds five new ones: “Home They Brought her Warrior Dead,” “As through the Land at Eve We Went,” “Come Not When I am Dead,” “O Let the Solid Ground not Fail,” and “The Time Draws Near.”
This book is now available in facsimile from Houghton Library.
Robert Tear’s performance of these, was published in a 1984 album entitled Tears, Idle Tears; the cassette version, published by Cabaletta Recording the same year (TCDN 5004) includes all Lear’s arrangements.