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As part of their marital union, Elgar set Alice’s poem, O happy eyes in November, revising his partsong in 1894 when the publishing firm of Novello offered three guineas for its copyright. It finally appeared in print in 1907, issued together with Love, a fine setting of Arthur Maquarie’s poem written on the composer’s fiftieth birthday and dedicated to Alice, by now Lady Elgar.
from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2009