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 for download in facsimile from Houghton Library in an 1860 edition to which three more arrangements were added: “Turn, Fortune, Turn thy Wheel,” “The Song of Love & Death,” and “Too Late, Too Late.”
Robert Tear’s performance of the first nine numbers was published in a 1984 album entitled Tears, Idle Tears; the cassette version, published by Cabaletta Recording the same year (TCDN 5004) includes nine of Lear’s arrangements as well as a few of Belloc’s Cautionary Tales in Liza Lehman’s arrangements.