The words of this version were written, in "English hexameters", by Hallam Tennyson.
Randolph Caldecott had only produced rough sketches by the time of his early death, but the book was published with these sketches.
We're told that many of the best business ideas are developed in the pub, and this is where we were in 2006, mulling over the changing perception of online dating sites and their increasing popularity in urban areas, when we came up with the idea for Muddy Matches.
Since then, the site has gone from strength to strength, with thousands of people from the UK and Ireland joining every month and many thousands of success stories.
Two of Randolph's pictures still hang in her house in the Lake District, UK.
For a watercolour sketch used for this book, click here.
When Randolph published his book, there was some controversy about the text. For two of the pictures, a comparison of original and later editions, and a sample of the text, click here.Find historical weather data by zip code and access weather archives from more than 1,300 stations across the United States and Canada, dating back to 1945.What was the weather like on your birthday or another date in history? Are you planning a trip or an event such as a wedding?So if you’re single and looking for someone who’s not averse to a bit of mud, we’re the site for you.Your security is our number one priority, so all new member profiles are manually vetted and scrutinised by our in-house customer service team to make sure only genuine country people are on this site. So we've made Muddy Matches to reflect your busy, outdoors lifestyle. Lots of people live in the country but enjoy the buzz of the city, or some are city dwellers who like to don their wellies at weekends Take our Muddy-Townie quiz to get your ratio, wear it like a badge of honour and search for other members by their Muddy-Townie ratio.
But, only 60 years previously, when the rhyme about "four and twenty black birds" first appeared, it was full of political significance, based on the "Cato Street Conspiracy" (1820) in which 24 men (one of whom was black) plotted to murder the entire Cabinet at dinner one night.