I often think that music can give us an insight into the way life was in the past. Here is a song which was popular when Lewis Carroll was a young man. The lyrics were by his poetical hero, Alfred Lord Tennyson so he is almost certain to have known it quite well, and he probably sang it too, if anyone in his family was good enough to play the piano accompaniment.

Carroll and some of his sisters admired Tennyson so much that they created and published a concordance to Tennyson's long poem "In Memoriam" It is one of the rarer items sought after by Lewis Carroll collectors.