The poem was first printed in Country Life magazine, and the song published in 1931 by Keith Prowse & Co. Ltd,. London.
It was written at Elgar's home "Marl Bank" near Worcester, dedicated to the young soprano Joan Elwes, who he had admired at Three Choirs Festivals, and performed by her in October 1930 at a concert in Dumfries, Scotland.
The poem is in the Scots language.
Other Scots words are the same or similar to the English.
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Sep 01, 2007; ELGAR 7 Lieder.1,2 A War Song.3 Is she not passing fair?2 As I laye a-thinkynge.1 The Wind at Dawn.1 After.1 Dry those fair,...