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Rescued by Ratty

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



The current was strong and pulled Toad along
And swiftly swept him far downstream.
His clothes fell asunder, the weed pulled him under,
He opened his cold lips to scream
But water gushed into his lungs and he found
He just made a strangled and gurgling sound.
Resigned to his fate he decided to drown
But then felt a hand under his arm
Which firmly propelled him back into the air
And steered back onto the bank with great care.
Toad found himself looking into the stern stare
Of none other than Ratty himself.

Ratty put Toad in his boat and to his house he rowed.
He made a pot of boiling tea and passed a cup to Toad.
“Now Toady, you’re a good friend but I trust you’ve learned your lesson?
Please tell me that this brush with death has banished your obsession?”

Toad wept and said “My dearest Rat I can’t thank you enough
For saving me from drowning in the river wild and rough.
I swear I’m done with motor-cars I’ll leave them well alone.
And after my ordeal I think I’d quite like to go home.”


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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