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Ratty to the Rescue

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



Meanwhile the Rat on waking and finding his friend gone
Had guessed his destination and swiftly followed on
Armed with a torch and cudgel as quickly as he could
To save the Mole from that which lurked deep in the dark Wild Wood.

Rat stalked into the wood like a bright avenging flame.
He searched each nook and hollow while calling his friend’s name.
“Dear Mole! Where are you, dear old chap? I’ve come to take you home!
It’s far too cold and fierce a night to spend it here alone."

At length he was rewarded with a feeble answering cry.
“I’m over here, dear Ratty – O thank Heaven you came by!
I’ve been so scared and worried – my legs and paws are numb.
I should have known that you were right – I never should have come.”

“My dear old fellow, don’t you fret – you’re safe now here with me
And now all that remains is that we get home speedily...”
But even as he spoke the clouds above began to drop
Such snow so thick and fast it seemed that it would never stop.

“There’s nothing for it,” Ratty said “There’s nowhere else to go”
We’re trapped here - we can’t venture out in such a lot of snow.
It’s just a case of waiting ‘til we’re no longer snowbound
So since we’re in this hollow let’s have a look around.”

The hollow nestled in the great roots of a mighty tree
Rat shone his lantern on a sight which filled them both glee.
For there, next to a bell-pull and a door and welcome mat
A neatly-lettered sign which read “Welcome to Badger’s Sett.”

“We’re saved!” exulted Ratty “Why my poor, hapless Mole
All this time you’ve been sheltering in what you deemed a hole
When all this time you’re standing in Badger’s entrance hall.
Let’s not waste any more time – let’s give this bell a pull!”

So Mole tugged on the bell while Rat beat upon the door.
“For pity’s sake please let us in before we’re quite done for!”
At length they heard a voice and heavy tread come from inside.
A rattled lock, an unpicked chain and then the door swung 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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