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Mr Badger's House

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



Badger looked upon the friends bathed the hall’s warm light.
“My poor dear Rat why ever are you out on such a night?
Come in at once and bring your friend who I’ve not met before?”
Rat answered “This is Mr Mole” and hastened through the door.

“I’m charmed to meet you” Badger said and held outstretched his paw.
Mole took it, shook it heartily and answered “Proud, I’m sure.”
Then Badger led them down the hall to his inviting lounge.
A roaring fire was in the grate which they both clustered round.

“I’ll fetch you towels and dressing gowns and pour a glass of wine.
Then once you’ve thawed out and relaxed, perhaps you’d like to dine?
There’s hot stew bubbling on the stove and it can stretch to three
And you can tell me how I’ve come to have your company.”

They ate and Badger listened while the Mole and Rat explained
How they’d come to be stranded and that they would never again
Come into the Wild Wood upon such a dark and fearsome night.
“I’m glad to have your company.” said Badger “Stay the night!"

The friends accepted gratefully and straightaway retired
To sleep a night of comfort filled with food and drink and fire.
And Mole reflected as he fell asleep in seconds flat
That he was lucky to have such friends as Badger and the Rat.


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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