The set was published with German words 'by Ed. Sachs', though a wartime reprint of the songs published it as Edward Elgar's Album of Seven Songs with only the English words.
It was also published in different keys, for 'high' and 'low' voice.
- "Like to the Damask Rose", Simon Wastell (1892)
- "Queen Mary's Song", Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1889)
- "A Song of Autumn", Adam Lindsay Gordon (1892)
- "The Poet's Life", Ellen Burroughs (1892)
- "Through the Long Days", John Hay, Op. 16, No. 2 (1885)
- "Rondel", Henry Longfellow from a rondel by Froissart, Op. 16, No. 3 (1894)
- "The Shepherd's Song", Barry Pain, Op. 16 No. 1 (1892)
- Moore, Jerrold Northrop (1999). Edward Elgar: A Creative Life. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-816366-4. – briefly describes the development and prior publication of four of the seven songs