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Mole Comes Home

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



Mole ran down the passageway with Ratty at his tail
And though the way was wet with mud and odorous and stale
The Mole could not conceal his pride when he showed to his friend
The little door with bell-pull, mat and sign which read Mole End.

The latch was lifted, hinges creaked, they found themselves inside.
“A charming little home!” cried Rat but Mole’s good spirits died.
“Why Ratty though you’re very kind we never should have come
For I’ve no food to offer you not even a crust or crumb!”

But Rat was looking through the kitchen
Cupboards, shelves and drawers
And presently returned with several
Items in his paws.
A box of Captain’s biscuits
And some tins of bully beef.
“Now there’s a dinner” Ratty cried
“A veritable feast!”

They lit the fire and Ratty pottered off down to the cellar.
When he returned he said “Why Mole, you self-indulgent fellow!
There’s half-a-dozen bottles here of finest Burton ale.
With fire and food and company and beer we’ll never fail!”

Before the blazing logs they ate and drank contentedly.
There came a knocking at the door and Mole got up to see.
And standing in the porch were four young mice in scarves and coats.
They took a breath and sang a Christmas carol to them both...


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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