Through the Long Days
The song was composed when Elgar was on holiday at the home of his friend Dr. Charles Buck at Settle between 10–31 August 1885. It was in memory of a mutual friend, Jack Baguley, who had just died.
It was first published by Stanley Lucas (London) in 1887, dedicated to the Rev. E. Vine Hall. When he received the first copies from the publisher, Elgar inscribed one of them to "Miss Roberts from Edward Elgar, Mar 21 1887". It was re-published by Ascherberg in 1890, then in 1907 as one of the Seven Lieder of Edward Elgar, with English and German words.
German words by Ed. Sachs
THROUGH THE LONG DAYS
TAGE UND JAHRE GEHEN
• Elgar expanded the original poem, which had just the first three lines of each verse.
- Works by John Hay - at Project Gutenberg has the poem "Through the Long Days and Years"
- Songs and Piano Music by Edward Elgar has "Through the Long Days" performed by Mark Wilde (tenor), with David Owen Norris (piano).
- The Songs of Edward Elgar SOMM CD 220 Neil Mackie (tenor) with Malcolm Martineau (piano), at Southlands College, London, April 1999
- Banfield, Stephen, Sensibility and English Song: Critical studies of the early 20th century (Cambridge University Press, 1985) ISBN 0-521-37944-X
- Kennedy, Michael, Portrait of Elgar (Oxford University Press, 1968) ISBN 0-19-315414-5
- Moore, Jerrold N. “Edward Elgar: a creative life” (Oxford University Press, 1984) ISBN 0-19-315447-1
- Young, Percy M. (1956). Letters of Edward Elgar and other writings. London: Geoffrey Bles.
- Young, p.6
- The Rev. E. Vine Hall was Minor Canon at Worcester Cathedral, active in musical life in Worcester, and known to have conducted some of Elgar's works in 1888
- Alice Roberts was later his wife. Moore, p.119