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Now the winter is fled and the spring again is here.
All the world comes to life at the dawning of the year.
All the fields are in bud again; green returns to the wood again.
In the river fish play, silver in the waters clear.
All the world returns to life at the dawning of the year.

Far below underground, Mole began to slowly stir,
Blinked the sleep from his eyes and brushed the moist earth from his fur. Rose with anticipation, sniffed the air with elation.
􏰃pring was calling to him 􏰄Rise up now and venture out.􏰅
S􏰃o to digging he began, following his q􏰆uivering snout....

“No more frost and no more snow!
No need to be underground!
Though Mole End is my hearth and home, By earth I’m no more bound.
The spring it is springing, the year is new,
the sun is in the sky!
A s􏰃crabble, a sc􏰃robble,
a s􏰃crape or two
And hey then up go I!􏰄

Emerging in the sunlight Mole blinked once or twice then saw
A rabbit who stood in his way and held outstretched his paw.
“A penny to pay to pass this way!” he demanded. Mole replied
“Get out of my way - I don’t have all day!” as he elbowed him aside.

The other rabbits clustered round but Mole paid them no mind
Then on he walked to see what he beyond the meadow might find.
He turned a bend at the meadow’s end and halted in mid-stride
For he was standing on the bank of a river deep and wide..


from The Wind in the Willows, released June 28, 2021


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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more


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