LibriVox volunteers bring you 16 readings of Romance
by Andrew Lang, probably best known as Edward Elgar's song My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land
. Interestingly, Lang initially refused permission for his words to be used as lyrics, and Elgar's wife Alice wrote alternative words Afar, amidst the Sunny Isles
for the song. However, Lang later relented and gave permission for his poem to be used.
The poem was initially published in The Century Magazine, May 1882, and this is the version recorded here. Later collections of Lang's poetry omit the third verse. (Summary by Ruth Golding)